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Awesome Sculptures Of Ron Mueck!

Updated on July 2, 2012

Sculptors of Ron Mueck

Ron Mueck is an Australian hyper-realist sculptor working in Great Britain. Mueck's early career was as a model maker and puppeteer for children's television and films, notably the film "Labyrinth" for which he also contributed the voice of Ludo.

Big Man
Big Man

Ron Mueck The Artist

Big Man
Big Man

Mueck moved on to establish his own company in London, making photo-realistic props and animatronics for the advertising industry. Although highly detailed, these props were usually designed to be photographed from one specific angle hiding the mess of construction seen from the other side. Mueck increasingly wanted to produce realistic sculptures which looked perfect from all angles.

Mueck's sculptures faithfully reproduce the minute detail of the human body, but play with scale to produce disconcertingly jarring visual images. His five meter high sculpture Boy 1999 was a feature in the Millennium Dome and later exhibited in the Venice Biennale.

Boy
Boy

Mueck concluded that photography pretty much destroys the physical “presence” of the original object, and so he turned to fine art and sculpture. In the early 1990s, still in his advertising days, Mueck was commissioned to make something highly realistic, and was wondering what material would do the trick.

Latex was the usual, but he wanted something harder, more precise. Luckily, he saw a little architectural decor on the wall of a boutique and inquired as to the nice, pink stuff’s nature. Fiberglass resin was the answer, and Mueck has made it his bronze and marble ever since.

Pregnant woman is Mueck’s most ambitious work to date. The sculpture is monumental (2.5m high), utterly imposing and even intimidating when first experienced by the viewer. After a while, however, this majestic Earth Mother becomes familiar, unthreatening and endearing. She is exhausted, hands held back over her head; the face is tender and vulnerable. Her presence is a powerful one indeed, and she evokes a multitude of thoughts, ranging from the wonder of maternity and procreation to population control and the burden of female responsibility.

Pregnant woman
Pregnant woman
Over three months Mueck worked with a single female model, beginning when she was already six months pregnant. He also used photographs — and, without doubt, there are also art historical precedents behind the sculpture as the artist absorbed the wonderful European Old Master collection in London. He made the figure in fibreglass but, because fibreglass is so hard, made a separate face in silicone, so that eyebrows and hair could be punched in with greater ease but no less perseverance. Tiny needles were used to punch in human hairs one by one in tedious repetition.

In the three years since his participation in Sensation: Works from the Saatchi Collection, Mueck has posted shows at major galleries in New York, Germany, not to mention selection for the London Millennium Dome and now his work is the subject of a solo exhibition at that city’s highest profile contemporary art space, Anthony d’Offay gallery.

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In Bed
In Bed
In Bed
In Bed

Ron Mueck takes his place in the tradition of those who have tried to make objects which are very real. Terms such as Super-Real and Hyper-Real have been used to describe those artists who have attempted extreme verisimilitude. Ron Mueck seeks to achieve perfection, the precise demonstration of reality as he finds it.

Mueck’s work is always out of scale from reality. His figures are either oversized or undersized. They strive for super-realism, but there is a psychological confrontation between these two contradictory realities, the effort to deceive by perfection, and the obvious discrepancy of scale. Ron Mueck’s work is sculpture. He does not make models, giant or tiny puppets. He employs all the techniques of technological advance to create works of art.

Dead Dad

Two Women
Two Women
Dead dad was a hyper-realistic sculpture of Mueck’s dead father, naked, lying on the floor, so that you could easily trip over him, especially because he was only three feet long. This extraordinary work had huge emotional power, and many visitors remembered it well. Mueck makes work very slowly, taking on average four weeks for each work, although Pregnant woman took much longer, being his most ambitious work to date. By 2002, when Pregnant woman was made, he had created only 30 sculptures in total.

Wild Man
Wild Man
Man in a boat
Man in a boat
A girl
A girl

Mueck works with a particular type of super-realism that has a long history. He invites people to take a close-up look at his work, to inspect the hairs, freckles and blemishes, to scrutinize the carefully modelled expression and contemplate the difference between artist-made reality and the world in which we live.

"I never made life-size figures because it never seemed to be interesting. We meet life-size people every day.'" Says Mueck

'There's no denying that I have more information readily at hand when I have a live model. Even when I have had a model, however, what I have to do in the end is to consciously abandon the model and go for what feels right.'

-Ron Mueck

Mask II
Mask II
Mask III
Mask III

The artist's work has been applauded by some critics as 'the best thing to happen to figurative sculpture in ... generations'. (Peter Plagens in Newsweek), but others have dismissed him as a mere 'model maker'. What do you think?

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      Samantha Taylor 2 years ago

      I fancy seeing Ron Mueck's work for real.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      WOW!........................................

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      carlarmes 5 years ago from Bournemouth, England

      wow.

      I typed wow on its own and it said comment too short , so.

      WOW and WOW as well.

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      bharmoriat 5 years ago from CHANDIGARH INDIA

      awesome work i love his work...

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      Beverly 5 years ago

      Saw Ron's work at the Brooklyn Museum in NY about 4-5 years ago and have never forgotten it. Where and when will he be exhibiting again??????

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      nicacy 5 years ago

      yea he is freakin awesome.

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      suhail.thai 5 years ago

      WOW!!! ,SPEACHLESS ...Ron Meuck's the bessssst

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      artfreakkkk 5 years ago

      interesting sculptures. honorable... distributes a specialness most sculptures do not have

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      Jess 5 years ago

      One word... Amazing.

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      player 5 years ago

      fantastic fiber glass art

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      whoisbid 5 years ago

      Your pictures are awesome

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      miller 5 years ago

      which one is in the north carolina musuem of art

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      Beatrious 5 years ago

      Such magnificent art I must say. The sculptures are absolutely breathtaking as to the realism expressed in facial expression and stance. Wow!

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      Anne 5 years ago

      The work is not only true to life but each piece seems to have a soul. I felt such sympathy for the bearded man being stared at by all those "wee" people. Please come back to Edinburgh again. Thank You

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      cece 6 years ago

      it is such a genius to make a sculpture that looks so real human life

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      Pam 6 years ago

      His works just have that WOW factor.

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      lazybe 6 years ago

      What is there besides the scale You ask??? Everything! If you have the chance to actually see the exhibition is awesome the details in every single piece ( I saw it in monterrey, mexico in july 2011)

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      kakal 6 years ago

      ho !!! Ron Mueck The Artist

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      sofie 6 years ago

      Awesome sculptor yes...

      his idea of aesthetics .... very bad unfortunately

      Think Afrodite of Mylos, Samothraki, Hermes of Praxitelous

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      michelle 6 years ago

      Incredible , I,m amazed at his talent

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      urshiesGirl4eva 6 years ago

      im learning about Ron Mueck in art. He is a very inspiring artist, where he wants to shock people and amaze them. These sculptures are just amazing and so life like, the inspiration of many old sculptures made new.

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      Angela Radogna 6 years ago

      Extrodinary. Where can I see his work?

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      Rissa 6 years ago

      he is so amazing! really helpful for my art GCSE too!

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      Carmel 6 years ago

      REALLY REALLY REALLY AMAZING!!! THE RESURRECTION OF MICHELANGELO BUONARROTI WITH RON MUECK!!! THIS ART OF WONDER THIS IS ART OF MIRACLE!!!

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      Paul 6 years ago

      Kevin wondered in an older post if circumcision was illegal in the UK, as none of the sculptors being circumcised was a detration for him.

      On the contrary these (male) exhibits are an excellent way for American males to start to become aware of what they have "lost" ..... and they have lost a LOT!

      Please see www.nocirc.org for more info.

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      Anna 6 years ago

      I will never see people quite the same. Thank you

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      Roger Alder 6 years ago

      inspirational i'd love to create like you when are you coming to england

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      Denise Shoults 6 years ago

      I am in utter amazement at the accuracy of the replication of the human body as scultped! Not only do these sculptures give the viewer time to "take in" the wonderment of the human form in all walks of life, it slows time to a standstill to appreciate the human emotion and condition. I stare....

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      sandra 6 years ago

      Just saw the large newborn and the very old small woman curled under a blanket in Regina Saskatchewan. I wept. The baby is the centre of the universe both to itself and to us, the parents, while the old sleeping and likely dying woman is a pale butterfly, so beautiful, so fragile and about to become something else. Thank you so much!

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      Raena 6 years ago

      I live in Washington, DC and have seen Big Man in person. It's incredible. I'd love to see other work from him in person. Amazing.

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      John Blackburn 6 years ago

      My friend and colleague Malcolm saw your exhibit in New Zealand - we viewed his photos at lunch the other day. Incredible and AWESOME, to say the least. A great artist! You rock! And yes, when are you coming to the USA? If you need exhibit space in San Francisco, give a holler. People here would welcome and appreciate the chance to experience your works of art!!!

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      Soran mam 6 years ago

      Really you are artist, your sense is appear over all your art works

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      magbuo_rolando@globelines.com.ph 6 years ago

      amazing n wonderful1!!!,thank you. for sharing with us..very realistic!.

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      belladonna 6 years ago

      are you going to exhibit in the USA????

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      beth 6 years ago

      hii...i am a student who is writing an essay o ron muecks work...it is a 4000 word essay and its kind of hard to write sooo many words....any one with suggestions on any websites,books etc that i can look up??? oh and obvously i loveee his work hence the 4000 words

      thanks

      x

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      amitis mesgara 6 years ago

      your sculptures are alive.BRAVO.

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      whatsherface 6 years ago

      so life-like it's just amazing. It blows me away!

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      Amber 6 years ago

      Such talent - I see that he has a exhibition in Christchurch New Zealand and am seriously considering travelling all the way to see it.... beautiful work

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      Nicole 6 years ago

      Its awesome. I have never seen anything like it. He is so talented. I wish I could go and see his exhibition.

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      Gilly 6 years ago

      Thought provoking!

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      Colly 6 years ago

      Looking forward to seeing Rons exhibition at the Christchurch Art Gallery N.Z commencing Oct. 2010

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      Robyn 7 years ago

      mesmerising. fantastic. genious

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      Googs 7 years ago

      This is what Leonardo would have offered the world - if he had these modern techniques and media. Genius!

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      Siz 7 years ago

      m speechless...it look real..

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      ike ham 7 years ago

      wow this guy is real gud think i like him. keep on the gud work ron

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      amy from the states 7 years ago

      id love to see his work in person he is truely amazing. any chance hed bring to the states

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      Hilda de Vroom 7 years ago

      Absolutely unbelievable! He is a phenomenon.

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      Dineo 7 years ago

      This is so amzing I want him to do my sculpture

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      Mpumi Sibitane 7 years ago

      Amaizing, i thought all of this was real.

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      Nina 7 years ago

      I wish I could see some of his work in person -- this is amazing, wonderful art, and very moving. I think that we, as a culture, have forgotten what reality actually looks like. Thank you for sharing it with us!

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      Pat 7 years ago

      I was recently lucky enough to visit a Ron Mueck exhibition. It was absolutely amazing. The scale and detail in the peices are wonderful. You could study these for hours.

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      Charlotte 7 years ago

      I LOVE ALL OF THEM

      THAY ARE ALL AWSOME

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      Cheryl Cartwright 7 years ago

      I saw the exhibition in Brisbane, Queensland yesterday - fascinating. I wanted to find a decent page to post on FB so this was it - thanks!

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      helena 7 years ago

      Just discovered Ron's work in Liverpools Tate. His sculpture 'Ghost' just blew me away. Like a dream that lingers this startlng image is both provocative and intimately sensitive. Ron captures the essence of humanity in all its light and shade. What a privledge to have see his work

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      Noelle 7 years ago

      Amazing detail - would like to see exhibition sometime.

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      Barry in Houston 7 years ago

      The realism in Ron's scupture is amazing! What is the difference between a model and sculpture, anyway? Don't both depict life in the eyes of the creator? Are we not all models as the Bible says, created in the image and likeness of the greatest model maker of all; God?

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      Denis Willians  7 years ago

      RON SHOULD LIVE AT LEAST 300 YEARS!!

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      Estelle Strous 7 years ago

      They took my breath away. Just when I thought I'd seen it all! Where are they on exhibit?

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      Chris 7 years ago

      This guy creates things that most definitely cause a reaction in the mind of the viewer. Is this not then art? The people who claim he is a "mere" model maker are probably "critics" with no actual ability to create art themselves. Maybe it's time we banned "ART" schools and only allowed the folk who come with real natural talent built in to create art for other people instead of belittling it by calling it craft. This would be better than putting self appointed, supposed academics on pedestals and allowing them to befuddle us as they blather on, spouting the intellectual nonsense that has "artists" creating so much mundane, boring and stupid junk. But there again, that stuff is for the rich anyway. People with lots of money who need to be told what they should spend it on because they are emotionally empty and couldn't react to a real piece of art if their small but expensive lives depended on it.

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      Karess 7 years ago

      I am absolutely blown away with his talent. I am a huge art lover. If there is anything else like this u guys, please let me know. Ron is the best.

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      chubbychixkel 7 years ago

      Thanks to you for being an incredible accessory in our ever-expanding universe. Truly touching,riveting,& awe inspiring...your talent & unreasonable dedication to risk has not gone unnoticed.Congratulations on your extraordinary life.

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      bigcol 7 years ago

      ron, saw acollction of your work in brisbane at the gallery of modern art GOMA. with my 11yr old daughter and we were both gobsmacked.. you must feel very fulfilled when you see your complete work. thanks

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      PJ Hornberger 7 years ago

      Just once I want to see the black woman's head hanging. She's beautiful. I love his work...

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      Shelley Colless 1 day ago 7 years ago

      I was totally mind blown over these sculptures.So totally amazing, would have loved to have seen more.

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      Margaret Crossland 7 years ago

      just seen some of Ron Mueck's work and was absolutely blown away by it. The attention to detail is incredible and the impact astounding. Will be watching his future with interets.

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      Dmsinghvi  7 years ago

      Amazing art !!!

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      jactina 7 years ago

      some of them are a bit rude but i like the heads , i am doing the big guy for a art assingment

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      Mermandy 7 years ago

      What an innovative artist who captures our imaginations and makes us look outside the box. Ron and his art creations make us think,wonder and grow from the experience.........THANXS for the beauty and conceptions you bring to us through your work!

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      Kayla 7 years ago

      Ron, your Artwork is amazing and so reaistic and really inspirational.

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      nooma beth 7 years ago

      SO confronting, but so great. His art has really helped me to view others and the journey of life (birth to death) in a new and refreshed way. Yay for Mueck!

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      jojitsolano 7 years ago

      RON MUECK IS AWESOME!!!

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      Rejjie 7 years ago

      I would like to see what kind of work is produced by those who dismiss this as model making......

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      David 7 years ago

      Who has the right and/or qualification to refer to him as a mere model maker? Isn't that like saying the great painters were merely talented paint daubers?

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      marjorie 7 years ago

      Unbelievable, detail so fine would love to see his whole collection!!!!

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      Carol UK 7 years ago

      I saw your exhibition in Sydney 6 years ago and was totally blown away by what I saw! I have followed your work ever since.

      Your work just gets more awesome and sooooo realistic, love it! More please!!

      Carol

      Birmingahm - England

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      Silverhawk 7 years ago

      Most realistic art I've ever seen.Bravo to Mr. Mueck!!

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      Kerry Nicholson 7 years ago

      This man is talented there can be no doubt but that only takes you so far. He is hard working,fastidious,intellegent,and committed. He sits quietly contemplating the meaning of a beautiful piece of music.He cries when he feels something that touches his heart.Above all he is couragious.I am so happy that there are people like you out there.

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      stan 7 years ago

      as an artist myself i think wow just about sums it up for me.

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      marsha 7 years ago

      Incredible but kind of creepy!

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      saida 7 years ago

      well i have to say he is an utterlly appreciated artest...i was gob-smacked of what i have just saw above...he's an incredable talanted man. well done to him..there

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      lexy 7 years ago

      i wioo be viewing this sculptor in about 2 weeks time so excited.

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      Lyn Stark NZ 7 years ago

      Wow...this is my first viewing of Ron's work and only via an email link....but so stunning...would love to see these works in person. As a midwife I have to say he has captured the reality extraordinarily well. Exceptional work.

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      Hope Mountjoy 7 years ago

      I have viewed Mueck's work over and over again. I cannot fathom the time, dedication and talent that went into every piece. The detail is phenominal and percise. Mueck is a genious and a true master of art. I absolutely love his work.

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      SyrelG 7 years ago

      I've just seen his works last week at the National Gallery Victoria, Melbourne. The Entry wasn't that pricey at all. It's AU$15 per adult.

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      MerriB 7 years ago

      Loved his work in Labyrinth. If I ever get to Europe, seeing his work will be high on my list of things to do. If he's EVER in the San Francisco or San Jose area, I'll be the first in line for tickets, regardless of how much they cost.

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      Dhyana Walker 7 years ago

      You are amazing! Thank you so much for all you do and have done. Ps...my family loved your work in Labrinth, Bluto was our favorite.

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      brandyBachmann 7 years ago

      oh my goodness, he's amazing! what great talent he has. great hub!

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      ANA 7 years ago

      ES EXTRAORDINARIO OJALA VINIERAN ALGUNA VEZ A MEXICO

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      plrr 7 years ago

      Great work, as far as i know it's not in London. Anyone know when it will be? Or is?!

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      kuy 7 years ago

      killer art

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      graeme bland 7 years ago

      saw exhibition at nattional gallery of victoria australia - brilliant

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      barbara molloy 7 years ago

      This guy is the tops.His work is so interesting.The different scale of each piece. Great work

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      Prasad 7 years ago

      Its has its natural appearence,Thus why this super realistic touch attract every one.I love it.Any one can do express thier idea & experiment with obstact form.But Sculptures like this Show us Everything within that...I love to see those works near to me....An Art Lover from India

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      Kurosh Sun 7 years ago

      Nice works, you are real. you've gave something new for people to look and wonder how you have done it. Thanks

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      Sweet Peas 7 years ago

      Going to see his work tomorrow at the museum.....love it!!! Thanks for the web page....and all the information on the sculptor ron mueck...

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      veysel 7 years ago

      it is very wanderfool his work and l say to m?ster ron mueck l am good sculpture and this work learning can you help me tank you her.

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      Fawzi Behbehani 8 years ago

      WoW it is amazing

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      Laura Spector 8 years ago from Chiang Mai, Thailand

      Amazing work! He's one of my favorites!

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      isaiah behn 8 years ago

      very beautiful work. i was never into art but what he does is amazing

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      JOSUE CHINCHILLA F. 8 years ago

      SUPER INCREIBLE !! NO HAY PALABRAS PARA DESCRIBIR ESTAS ESCULTURAS .. SIMPLEMENTE SORPRENDENTE !!