German artist Gehard Demetz creates beautifully odd sculptures out of wood.
Born in 1972 in Italy, Demetz first debuted his work in 2005. Using woodblocks, he crafts life-like pieces that all seem to have a story to tell. The emotion on each of the children's faces makes them want to shout out that they were tortured, or even that they want to share a sad tale with you and hope you take pity on them.
When I was little I got to play with woodblocks, but I didn't create anything like this. The most I did was built a fort around me so that no one could see me playing with my Barbie dolls.
These sculptures make me want to hug these children and take them under my wing. I could have a wooden orphanage and collect all kinds of sad sculptures. Anytime someone visits they would marvel at the life-like children that I have. Either that or they'll think I'm crazy and send me away.
I think these sculptures would look great in some old person's house that has been shut away from the public for years. Picture it: the police show up for a disturbance call. They find these child sculptures all over the place and the children seem to be staring at them. Next scene: The police find an old woman clinging to life as she whispers with her dying breath, "They're alive..they're all alive!" A policeman then turns around and sees one of these children holding scissors above their head about to strike. End scene. What do you think? Could it be a hit at the theaters?
What do you think of these haunting sculptures? What kinds of stories do these children have to tell?
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