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Powerful and surreal animal sculptures that carry the world on their backs

Chinese artist Wang Ruilin creates powerful and surreal animal sculptures that carry elements of the world on their backs, such as oceans, cliff faces or whole continents. As part of an ongoing series entitled Dreams, Ruilin’s copper artworks are heavily influenced by traditional Chinese art, as well as something that happened to him when he was a little boy.

He recalls the life-changing incident when, at the age of four or five, he encountered a painting of a horse by the artist Xu Beihong, which he became obsessed with and later led to his career as a sculptor. Describing his work, he said: “I seek harmony with nature. Nature’s greatness lies in her inclusion of everything on earth, while man’s greatness lies in his perception of his own smallness. To find conformity to nature is my life attitude.”

Via Design Boom

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