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Life-Like Hand Carved Figurative Wood Sculptures by Peter Demetz

Italian artist Peter Demetz brings ordinary wood to life with his incredible, hand-carved figures of people. The sculptures, which vary in size from about 20 inches to nearly 50 inches tall sometimes-colored background. Demetz’s attention to detail is awe-inspiring. He’s able to shape tiny folds in clothing, reproduce loose strands of hair, and define the human anatomy so well that you’d think these figures really exist.

The sculptures rarely ever face the viewer – their backs are turned, and their sight is either fixed on something far away, or on the ground. In effect, they look somewhat sad, standing still like that, but it also gives off a sort of photographic feeling. Like a photographer went and took pictures of people going about with their lives, and the backgrounds came out unfocused.

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  1. Does he uses any laser scanning of a model that allow him to reproduce these magnificent details?
    Anyway, this is a singular work.
    If no technological help is used, Michelangelo has found a match!

  2. I love the way this figures are so often looking into the distance, as if in contemplation…or at themselves in contemplation. There is a beautiful quietness to them, and the details are stunning.

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