This Intricate Wooden Sculpture Blends Man and Nature

 - Jul 12, 2013
References: paulbaliker & mymodernmet
This detailed wooden sculpture by artist Paul Baliker blends man and nature in an interesting way. At the center of this large, tangled sculpture is an old man's face and surrounding him are various animals emerging from the wood.

Some of the animals depicted in this intricate nature-focused sculpture are turtles, owls, wolves, monkeys, dolphins and deer. The man at the center of it all has an outstretched arm, containing a miniature carving of the Earth. Viewers can't help but wonder if perhaps this sculpture has some kind of religious meaning. Could this aging figure represent God, the 'almighty creator?'

Regardless of intended meaning, this complex carving is extremely interesting to look at. Their are so many different animals emerging from the sculpture's branches. This whittled artwork definitely warrants a second look.