Tel Aviv-based artist Gal Weinstein replicates a number of burning tires emitting heaps of billowing smoke in the aptly titled series Fire Tires. Each sculpture, which reaches up to a height of 4 meters, is made of wax, carved to look like tires, accompanied by various skillfully crafted components to mimic the thick, swirling smoke rising into the air. The artist combines polystyrene foam, pillow filler and graphite dust to capture the remarkable tone and texture of the suffocating substance.
The sculptural installation piece is filled with underlying social, economic, political, and environmental implications that go beyond the simple junkyard fire that is being depicted. The intent behind Weinstein's work is to draw parallels between the global conflicts of the world, particularly in the Middle East, which is rich in oil. The artist uses his art to reflect on the troubled times we live in.