Who needs Madam Tussaud when there is Carole Feuerman, the talented sculptor who has been making hyperrealistic figures for over forty years? While some of her shockingly detailed physiques come in miniature proportions, we just can't get enough of her monumental, oversized works.
As if sculpting the human form out of bronze wasn't a big enough challenge in itself, Feuerman depicts her subjects as swimmers fresh out of water. Her intricate details reach insane new heights as fabrics become translucent, swimsuits cling to flesh, and water droplets streak down toned bodies. These super-sized beach babes look more like photographs or real people than handmade objets d'art.
Of course such a remarkable result takes time; Feuerman states on her website she spends a whopping six months attending to each sculpture. She begins by creating a mold and resin cast from liquid polyester, using sandpaper to give the shape its fleshlike texture. Then comes the hard part; she spends weeks painting layers to create the perfect skin tone. Finally, Feuerman tops off her swimmers with human hair, and sometimes even a swim cap. As drop-dead realistic as the sculpted swim team is, it's their lifelike emotions that keep us interested.
Feuerman told the Daily Mail: It is very time consuming but you can't rush it -- the longer it takes, the better it looks."
All we can say is, mission accomplished.
What do you think of Feuerman's gigantic swimmers? Let us know in the comments section, and check out the slideshow below for more images of these stunning sculptures:
Butterfly, 2011, Oil and Resin, 21 x 22.5 x 21 inch
Balance, 2012, Painted Bronze, 36 x 32 x 18 inch
Detail of Capri with Cap, 2012, Oil and Resin with Swarovski Crystals, 30 x 20 x 11 inch
Installed at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Quan, 2012, Painted Bronze and Stainless Steel, 66.5 x 60 x 43 inch
Installed at Petrosino Square with NYC Parks: Survival of Serena, 2012, Painted Bronze, 36 x 75 x 36 inch
Installed at National Museum of China for the Beijing Biennale, Monumental Brooke with Beach Ball, 2012, Oil and Resin, 45 x 60 x 42.5 inch
Next Summer, 2012, Painted Bronze and Stainless Steel, 39 x 54 x 50 inch
To be installed at the National Portrait Gallery, The General's Daughter, 2011, Oil and Resin, 24 x 15 x 8 inch
Moran, 2008, Oil and Resin, 26 x 18 x 8 inch
Malibu, 2011, Oil and Resin, 26 x 16 x 7 inch
City Slicker, 1982, Oil and Resin, 31 x 21 x 14 inch
Installed at 2008 Beijing Olympics, Olympic Swimmer, 2008, Oil and Resin, 62 x 38 x 17 inch
Diver, 2012, Painted Bronze, 150 x 54 x 38 inch (Projected Installation)
Installed at Riverfront Green Park in Peekskill: The Golden Mean, 2012, Bronze with Patina and Gold Leaf, 150 x 54 x 38 inch
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