All his artworks utilize the use of body - the artist's own body and that of others. The Result of 1000 Pieces typiﬁes an image of Lin: Lin is standing in an empty hole of a brick wall. By incorporating the brick wall for his work, Lin develops a speciﬁc strategy to question and negotiate with the relationship between people and the changing environments. The body appreciates a broader range of usages, and a brick wall is what is left behind.
For his action, Safely Maneuvering across Lin He Road, Lin built a brick wall on one side of a busy main street in the city of Guangzhou. He then took bricks from the sidewalk end of the wall and moved them to the street side, slowly extending the wall into the street. Repeating the same gesture for hours, he leapfrogged the whole wall across the street. His labor transformed a stable wall into a moving one that also disrupted the heavy traffic.
Lin Yilin’s practice has always been an energetic and witty mingling of social architecture and everyday life. He uses sculpture, installation, performance, photography, and videos to explore how urban development affects the ways in which people relate to community and space.