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A new way to preserve love?

  • Dancing in the street

    Venezuelan artist Cristobal Ochoa (left) and his performance partner Jean-Paul Fowler take part in a street art performance Los Conos de Madre (Mother's Cones), on the seafront at Brighton, UK. Artists open their homes during the annual Brighton Festival, now in its 48th year, every weekend during May. (Photo: Reuters/Luke MacGregor)

  • Sixty seconds of frame

    Austrian artist Erwin Wurm has been making his One Minute Sculptures since 1997: now they are at the Städel Museum in Frankfurt – with the help of visitors. By asking people to do press-ups on coffee cups, balance on oranges or fly on a broom for 60 seconds, Wurm turns onlookers into artworks. (Photo: Hannelore Foerster/Getty Images)

  • Suspended animation

    Like Cornelia Parker’s Exploding Shed, this looks like a snapshot of something in the midst of fragmenting. Australian designers March Studio have created a stairwell in the Nishin Building in Canberra from over 2000 repurposed boards from old homes, a basketball court and the building’s own construction site. (Photo: March Studio)

  • Hedging their bets

    Rihanna attends the Charles James: Beyond Fashion Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Kim Kardashian, Beyonce and Victoria Beckham also attended the charity event, which was secretly filmed by fashion designer Cynthia Rowley through a hole in her purse. (Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

  • A different drum

    Led Drummers perform during the Visualia Festival celebrating audio-visual art in the Croatian town of Pula. Now in its second year, the festival brings together 3D video mapping on historic buildings of the city, two light performances and light installations. (Photo: Reuters/Antonio Bronic)

  • Breath of fresh air

    Japanese photographer Hal turns portraiture on its head – and pops it in a plastic bag – with his intimate images of couples. Sealing the lovers in vacuum bags for no more than 10 seconds, lest the air inside runs out, he suggests an unusual way to preserve their love forever. His latest series of ‘flesh love’ photos has been snapped for the Condomania shop in Tokyo. (Photo: Hal)

  • Bodies in motion

    Ballet dancers Vladimir Malakhov (right), Elisa Carrillio Cabrera (top) and Mikhail Kaniskin (left) perform Clear, with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, during a dress rehearsal at the Schiller Theater in Berlin. (The picture was taken with a multiple exposure.) (Photo: Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch)

  • Seeing the wood for the trees

    A visitor sits in the middle of the art installation Sommerplanetenkunstwiese (summer planet art meadow) created by Petra Krischke during the Blue Night, a long night for art and culture, in Nuremberg, southern Germany. (Photo: AP Photo/dpa, Daniel Karmann)