Sergei is a Russian sculptor with an incredible talent and skilfull fingers. When the timber comes under his hands, he turns it into lifelike animals with precise depiction of their hair and feathers. We take you to the discovery of these impressive sculptures.
54 years old, Sergei Bobkov has created a unique technique to carve impressive sculptures from siberian cedar. He tells us: “It is not very interesting to do what everyone can do. Create something from nothing, and in a new way, is much more inspiring.” Many people compare his works to taxidermy as they are impressed with its realism but Sergei disagrees. He believes that these two areas are the exact opposite: while taxidermy discusses dead animals, his art involves giving life to wood.
After cutting 100 to 150 small pieces of wood from cedar sticks of about 5 to 8cm, he puts them in water for a few days. Then, with a surgical precision, he sizes these pieces to give them the shape they need. To achieve a single work, Sergei works between 10 and 12 hours per day for 6 months with no holiday. In addition, before starting to make a new sculpture, the sculptor will study the anatomy of the animal he intends to create so that his artwork is as accurate and realistic as possible.
These works are exceptional and truly amazing. We never thought that someone could carve the wood into such lifelike details of the feathers of a bird or mammalian hair. Which one of these artworks did you like the most?