There’s something about art inspired by combat sports. Maybe I’m just a mark as a lifelong boxing and MMA fan, but there’s something about stoic fighters standing triumphantly, carved from wood or chiseled from marble that harkens back to the Roman gladiators. It’s also just damn cool looking. But artist James O’Neal brings his creations to a different level — the statues he creates are from single blocks of wood, and features such an astonishing attention to detail that you can see veins bulging and muscles rippling. His latest creation, Floyd Mayweather, is blowing people away.
Here’s the original tree trunk which would be molded into the undefeated boxer:
Then he shows the meticulous chipping away and sanding required to make this wood look human. This is the most patient man in the world. To have the vision to create this is beyond my comprehension, and imagine screwing up and having to start over.
This is what it started as: A giant tree trunk.
Finally got the roots, rocks and dirt chopped away. Stood up on it's end it should give plenty of options for the pose. White Oak, it will soon be turned into a statue of MMA Champion Cris Cyborg. Now I will get back to work finishing up Floyd Mayweather. Only two more months till the showing in Atlantic City.