When someone tells you they're "watching paint dry," it typically means said activity is devastatingly boring. Well, whomever penned that expression had clearly never seen the work of Moscow-based filmmaker Sasha Aleksandrov.
In this seven-minute long video, titled "Pipe Plant," Aleksandrov captures the re-painting of an expansive Soviet-era industrial factory in Russia. The process originally took two months to complete, but this hyper-lapse clip (a time-lapse/stop-motion hybrid) gives a sweeping overview of the pipe stacks and warehouses transforming from monochromatic gloom to multicolored whimsy. The whole project was captured on a standard Nikon camera, with Aleksandrov setting up a shot, snapping the scene and then moving the tripod exactly 29 centimeters before repeating the process over and over again.
Tell us what you think of the video, which was first posted on Vimeo over a year ago and recently brought to our attention by Architizer. You can check out more images from the work, which was implemented by a company called "New Building Technologies, here.
Check out the work of one of our other favorite Russian artists in the slideshow below.