Surveillance and security checkpoints have now become commonplace in our society especially when one is traveling. There is nothing more frustrating than being stuck in a slow TSA checkpoint line slowly shuffling along while trying to get to your destination. Intrigued by this whole process, New York based artist Roxy Paine and his team spent over a year drawing up diagrams and models of real life TSA equipment before carving each piece from maple, or birch wood.

 Seeing what is often a cold and mechanical process rendered in soft warm wood creates an interesting contrast that we love. While the carved security check looks inviting in wood, it is so strikingly familiar to real-life TSA points that you feel somewhat wary of it.

 The installation entitled Checkpoint, is part of his exhibition at the Marianne Boesky Gallery called Denuded Lens and is on display till October 18th.