Truly, Christophe exults in his work. "When I touch a piece of metal, it talks to me. I'm like, 'Wow!'" He further reveals: "Because, the thing is, really, this is a very industrial world: we manufacture cars and planes and fast trains and really heavy stuff. So my art is a reflection of our world."
The last few years have ushered in a new era in the craze for contemporary art, with prices reaching such dizzying heights that many feel inclined to predict its collapse. Yet, the bubble shows no sign of bursting. Art buying has become the favorite playground of a super-rich elite isolated from the economic realities that shape the lives of most humans.