Artists see the world in a totally unique way—that’s part of what makes them such a valuable part of society. They are able to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.
Unlike the rest of the world, artists view almost everything they see as valuable materials for their creations. For example, when we look at a pile of some wood scraps, we might see garbage—but a true artist wouldn’t feel this way!
Sergei Bobkov is one such artist. He spends his days making beautiful creations that most people would pay top dollar to own… and to make them, he uses something just spectacular.
Sergei Bobkov is a 53-year-old artist who creates his unbelievably intricate creations out of what most people would consider trash: wood chips. Sergei uses only Siberian cedar wood chips for his work. To him, no other type will do!
“It’s not very interesting to do what others can. To create something out of nothing in a completely new way is far more inspiring,” he says. The work he creates is proof of just how true this is. Look at the magic he makes out of tiny, delicate wood chips!
His beautiful art is literally priceless—he will not sell it to even the highest bidder, and bids come in very high. Because of the delicate nature of his chosen medium, Sergei is able to use them to incorporate incredible textures into his sculptures.
Wood shavings are also used to create fur or feathers. Here, it almost looks the forest critters Sergei has made are in motion all around him while he looks on with mild, amused interest. What a spectacular array!
The process Sergei uses to form these intricate sculptures is painstaking, as it requires a lot of time and prep work. It’s something he has perfected over years and years of practice. To begin, he soaks thousands of chips in water…
Once the wood chips have soaked long enough, Sergei removes them from the solution and tests them to see if they are ready to work with. In order for them to pass muster, they must be nice and pliable. Once ready, they are shaped and carved.
Working 10 to 12 hours a day, it takes Sergei about six months to create just one of these sculptures. It’s slow, arduous, and meticulous work. Throughout the entire process Sergei must keep in mind a final vision of what his sculpture will look like.
But he wouldn’t have it any other way. When he isn’t working on a new wood chip sculpture, he is planning the next. Like so many other artists, dreaming and creating are two of the main motivating factors of Sergei’s life.
Once you’ve taken a look at the sculptures that Sergei has created, it’s not surprising at all to learn that he gets offers to buy his art almost constantly. People who are interested offer him thousands upon thousands of dollars.
Interestingly, Sergei has never sold one of his rare creations. Why? Because he cannot bear to part with even a smaller sculpture! You can’t blame him; he spends so much time making his work that parting with it is difficult.
This is one artist whose creations are absolutely priceless! You have to admire his commitment, and not just to his way of work. The fact that Sergei is so dedicated to his passion is something you rarely see these days.
Sergei was offered $17,000 for this eagle sculpture, but he won’t sell it. Although he has been creating these sculptures for quite some time now, he’s only made 11. To see more Sergei’s work, visit his Facebook page.
The way Sergei uses wood chips to make such stunning works of art is truly inspirational! Perhaps in the future he’ll consider selling some of them…
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