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Ron Mueck's new sculptures are larger than life

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 01:08

April 16 - The curious, startling and lifelike artwork of sculptor Ron Mueck goes on display in Paris. Sharon Reich reports.

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They're disturbingly life-like, but far from life-size. The works of sculptor Ron Mueck, are on exhibit in Paris. The Australian artist has three new sculptures in the show, including this "Couple Under an Umbrella." The details are startling and the works are huge - this one is more than 13 feet or about four meters high. Grazia Quaroni of the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art says the size of the figures presents a host of challenges. SOUNDBITE: Grazia Quaroni, assistant curator at the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art saying (English): "Treating the anatomy in this particular way, sometimes skipping the rules and making some mistakes in the sculpture, helps in making the sculpture even more human than human." To create molds for the statues Mueck creates his figures in clay then coats them in shellac, rubber and plaster. Then, they're ready to be painted, clothed and have hairs applied. The larger-than-life statues will be on display through September 29.

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Ron Mueck's new sculptures are larger than life

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 01:08