Realistic-looking, beautiful carvings of garbage

Realistic-looking, beautiful carvings of garbage
They’re discarded trash
sculptures carved from wood

Said the artist, Morgan MacLean, who created these objects by hand-chiseling mahogany:

"The
act of applying a traditional skill to the reproduction of an object
whose function has ceased and whose post-use form is literally regarded
as trash is an absurd gesture. But there is something sublime and
uncanny about the representation of trash in a beautiful material like
wood."

Realistic-looking, beautiful carvings of garbage
 A crushed plastic bottle

Realistic-looking, beautiful carvings of garbage
Another crushed bottle that 
looks like a toothpaste tube

He also carves paper bags out of solid blocks of mahogany, in a series he calls Figureheads He has named them, which gives each one their own character and personality.

Realistic-looking, beautiful carvings of garbage
Lucretia

Realistic-looking, beautiful carvings of garbage
Cesar

Realistic-looking, beautiful carvings of garbage
 Cesar 
(he has two sides to his personality)

– Morgan MacLean>>
– Morgan MacLean: Sculptor creates illusions in wood, Los Angeles Times>>

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