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Taiwanese artist creates pixelated wood sculptures inspired by jigsaw puzzles

It’s not quite Michelangelo’s David, but we’re willing to bet you’ve never seen anything like this before.

Meet our new favorite artist from Taiwan: Hsu Tung Han, who’s been turning heads with his work that, well, we’re not quite sure what to call it.

Han uses walnut, teak, or African wax wood to create figures that are mostly human, but have segments that appear to be pixelated. It’s a unique take on what otherwise look like fairly traditional statues, giving them a modern twist.

Hsu Tung Han creates extraordinary wooden sculptures that look like pixelated figures. #hsutunghan #art #sculpture #wood #pixel #loveit

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Some of the cubes or ‘pixels’ are carved so carefully, that they protrude just enough to appear to be floating, giving the impression that the figure is “going digital” or transforming.

Hsu Tung Han creates extraordinary wooden sculptures that look like pixelated figures. #hsutunghan #art #sculpture #wood #pixel #loveit

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It’s certainly not the first time we’ve seen this kind of art, of contrasting the ‘old’ with the ‘new’ but to see it manifested so literally rather than figuratively is a welcome approach.

In a clash of digital and analogue, artist #HsuTungHan carves figurative #sculptures from #wood that appear to be dissolving into fields of #pixels. The Taiwanese artist views the carved figures of men and women as puzzles, planning for each configuration through a series of drawings and clay models. Han then produces the final work from segments of walnut, teak, or African wax wood, carving cubed pieces from the sculptures to give the illusion of suspended levitation or a paused transformation. #interiordesign

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For more of Hsu Tung Han’s work, visit him on Flickr.

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