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Hitchcock classics get a remake -- in sticky tape

By Mairi Mackay, CNN
  • Artist Mark Khaisman makes art based on movie classics using packing tape
  • He has recreated scenes from Alfred Hitchcock's "The 39 Steps" and "Spellbound"
  • He applies the translucent brown tape to clear panels in layers to build up opacity

London, England (CNN) -- Philadelphia-based artist Mark Khaisman has proved you don't need suitcases of cash for successful movie remakes -- he simply raided the stationery cupboard.

Using packing tape, he has recreated scenes from favorite Alfred Hitchcock thrillers "The 39 Steps," and "Spellbound."

His novel use of the stationery more commonly associated with securing parcels also extends to reworking stills from late director Samuel Fuller's 1953 noir masterpiece "Pickup on South Street."

The medium may be banal, but Khaisman's tape art is anything but everyday.

To get the striking effect, Khaisman applies translucent brown packing tape to clear plastic panels. By building up layers, he can create opaque areas, which block out light shining through the back of the panels.

The Ukrainian former stained-glass designer says he hopes his tape art makes looking at cultural icons a more personal experience.