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Victory! Translated into a human pose, this often signifies an upward-stretched fist. The tension of the battle is still visible on the face. The head is held high, the muscles contort into a grimace, the teeth are bared, and the eyes widen. A muffled cry pierces the air. Breath is forced out of the body, the pose collapses, and comes to rest.

This human gesture is so familiar, of which we here only recognize the outlines of the torso, head, and the raised hand. Everything else, especially the emotion, is filled in by our minds.

The sculpture is carved from hard ash wood. The polished surface emphasizes the quality of the wood. The natural grain evokes thoughts of the taut fibers of human musculature. However, the reduced pose conveys another symbol for victory. The "V" for Victory. The letter follows the gesture almost coincidentally. The representation of the Roman goddess of victory, Victoria, also features the same upraised hand.

In this way, the circle is closed, uniting phallic masculine strength and feminine victory pose in a figure without gender.

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Quiet and steadfast, the two guardians gaze near and far. Nothing escapes their watchful eye. One head is slightly inclined, the other raised straight upward. They perform a responsible duty. However, you can also sense the tension: they are determined, strong, and ready to fight when necessary.

The artist carved this pair of figures from two elongated pieces of oak wood. They are rugged characters, as emphasized by Daniel Bucur through the coarse surface carved with a chisel. The challenge for the artist was to depict the tension between calm and vigilance. He was aided by the natural growth of the wood, which had a bulge. With this deviation from straightness, Bucur conveys the pose of readiness. The artist drew inspiration from the monumental bronze work "The Reunion" by Ernst Barlach, which depicts the encounter of the Apostle Thomas with Jesus after his resurrection.

For the owner of the sculptures, the question also arises as to where to place them. They have a completely different impact in a small room compared to a wide space. With their energy, they dominate the space. The two guardians simply cannot forget their duty.

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This sculpture bears the simple title "Figure." The form is presented in a highly reduced manner. An upright, elongated head sits atop a curved torso. The head is geometrically simple, with its surface polished and coated with shellac to catch the viewer's eye. The body now exhibits various forms of treatment. One side has been sandblasted by Daniel Bucur and stained orange, highlighting the natural pattern. The other side has been sanded smooth, giving it a contrasting, unnatural, and heavily processed appearance compared to the back.

Aren't we all figures in the game of life? When do we show our natural side in society? With our closest friends, within the family circle? And how often do we contort ourselves to present a smooth surface to our fellow humans, far removed from reality? We force a smile, everything is perfect, and social media photos depict a life full of excitement and success.

With this sculpture, Daniel Bucur holds up a mirror to us humans. We decide which side we want to show.

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Wine is one of the oldest cultivated plants, dating back at least 7,000 years, with its origins in Georgia and Armenia. We are all familiar with the sight of grapevines, whether they bear green or purple grapes, and we enjoy the sweet fruits.

Grapes are the fruits of a vine, and as the vines age, their stems become more woody and robust. You could almost carve the grapes of this sculpture from their wood, but Daniel Bucur has chosen walnut wood, which much better suits the softness and curves of the sweet fruits. The artist has performed a transformation here, coaxing grace and softness out of the hardness of the wood.

However, this transformation also demanded a great deal of concentration from Daniel Bucur. He spent weeks covering the entire surface with carved grapes, patiently shaping each grape from the wood with fine knives. To give the grapes the perfect roundness, he had to turn and adjust the piece thousands of times, making precise cuts until the desired form was achieved.

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