Morgan Herrin

"Knight" 2010-2011, pine 2x4s, life-size. (Photo: copyright Morgan Herrin & ADA gallery)

Sculptor Morgan Herrin creates classic works with a surreal twist through an unlikely medium: construction-grade lumber.

Herrin explains in his artist's statement: "The evidence of my labor gives value to the material, which is otherwise cheap and disposable. Recycled, construction-grade lumber reflects our society’s preference for cheap, fast, and impermanent. My sculptures are hand-carved, a process that takes hundreds of work-hours and utilizes hand tools that have been almost completely phased out by modern machines. These two aspects combine to create a dialogue about time and the contrast between the past and the present. "

Check out a few of his sculptures in the photos below. He has been featured at ADA Gallery in Richmond, Va., where you can learn more about his work.

Morgan Herrin

"Otzi, The Iceman" 2012, recycled lumber, life-size. (Photo: copyright Morgan Herrin & ADA gallery)

"Otzi, The Iceman" is Herrin's first work using recycled lumber. Herrin says on his website: "In my most recent work titled ‘Otzi’, my subject is the 5,300-year-old mummified remains of a man found frozen in the Otztal Alps in the 1990s. Rendering the form of the mummy in wood and intensely researching the subject became a way to connect personally with the life and death of this man. He was frozen in an unusual pose which was, when oriented upright, almost a dancing gesture and reminiscent of a crucifixion."

Morgan Herrin

"Untitled" 2010, pine 2x4s, life-size. (Photo: copyright Morgan Herrin & ADA gallery)

Morgan Herrin

Morgan Herrin

"Copper Gate" 2011, pine 2x4s, life-size. (Photo: copyright Morgan Herrin & ADA gallery)

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Holly Roseberry is an editor and producer at Mother Nature Network.

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