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Artist sculpts statue of Schwarzenegger from an old tree trunk

Its catchphrase? I’ll be bark.

New Jersey-based artist James O’Neal has just finished work on a realistic life-sized statue of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The sculpture, unlike the actor and former California governor’s bronze statue in Ohio, is made out of an old tree trunk. Measuring about 6’2” tall (or 1.88 metres), the statue depicts Schwarzenegger in his younger days, doing his signature ‘vacuum pose’.

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The Austrian Oak is complete after 6 months work. It will be heading to GrandRapids, Michigan next month for the Artprize contest. Next March it will be on display in booth #1551 at the @arnoldsports festival in Columbus, Ohio where Arnold himself will see it in person. #arnoldschwarzenegger #austrianoak #schwarzenegger #arnold #mrolympia #ifbbpro #bodybuilder #woodcarving #tbe #woodworking #sculpted #shredded #wip

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Carved over a span of six months, the piece highlights the wood’s rich tones and natural grain, not to mention the bodybuilding legend’s impressive pecs, arms, and lats.

“This piece of black oak has the craziest grain of anything I’ve ever carved,” said O’Neal. “Burls, knots, bark, bug tunnels, and grain that changes direction every few inches. Arnold fans will probably feel it interferes with the statue, but this piece is why I carve trees. So much character, and after all, Arnold is the Austrian Oak.”

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First coat of finish on the upper body, still more work needed on the hair. First time carving black oak, the color is even darker than I expected. #austrianoak #arnold #arnoldsports #arnoldschwarzenegger #artoninstagram #artprize #mrolympia #schwarzenegger #terminator #goldenera #goldsgym #venicebeach #musclebeach #bodybuilder #woodenart #arnoldstatue #woodsculpture #shredded #sculpt #wip

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Last year, in anticipation of the Mayweather-McGregor match, O’Neal made sculptures of the two fighters. He’s also created a statue of other athletes like Cris Cyborg and Muhammad Ali.

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#legendary #fighting #statue #history #woodart #muscles #bjjlifestyle #artforsale #millionaire #thegreatest #legend #lasvegas #bjj #fight #miketyson #cassiusclay #ali

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You can see more of James O’Neal’s work here.

Via My Modern Met

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