Giant Stainless Steel Leica Weighs 770lb

Step into the Foto Henny Hoogeveen Leica store in Lisse, the Netherlands, and you’ll be greeted by a giant stainless steel Leica camera that weighs a whopping 350kg (~772lb). The sculpture was crafted by Chinese artist Liao Yibai, and there are only three of them in existence. Besides the one found in the shop, the other two are owned by Leica itself and a distributor. The camera isn’t based on any one model, but is instead a hodgepodge of features found on the M6, M7, and M9.

Liao Yibai first sculpted the camera out of wood, wire, and clay before plating it with steel:

For more photos of this sculpture, head on over to Leica Rumors or check out this PDF showing the design process.

The story of the 350kg stainless steel “Fake Leica” [Leica Rumors]

  • Matty

    Probably cheaper to make this then a real Leica. haha

  • Hint

    @Matty You are assuming this because the artist is chinese?

  • Matty

    no no! Leica’s just cost a whole heap of money and this “Leica” is probably cheaper than an actually leica. 

  • Anonymous

    As a point of reference, the value of the metal is probably about US$1400.

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  • Anonymous

    I prefer the clay only.

  • tonythanhcd02

    What nice it is. I know that this isn’t the best picture but I needed a little bit of help…lol. It says “Geneva Quartz” on the front, then underneath in VERY TINY LETTERS it says “Japan Movt” Then on the underside it says “Stainless steel”, “Japan Movt”, “Water Resistant”.