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The two twins lie snugly embraced in the mother's womb. The world reveals itself to them through a reddish-warm light, muffled sounds, and the soothing heartbeat of their mother. Even in the womb, they are as close to each other as no other human can ever be. From the very beginning, they are a pair, and their perception of the world will always be different from that of children who come into the world alone.

How does the artist express this intimacy? He does so using a beautiful, young piece of maple wood, which, with its clear, light color and minimal grain, represents the two unborn children. He has carefully carved out their two heads.

For the mother's womb, he chose a more mature wood that has already lived and gathered experiences. It is strong enough to give life to the two little ones. The artist uses a simple, clear form here, only hinted at in a vague manner.

By using different wood textures, Daniel Bucur successfully depicts the artistic symbiosis between youth and age.

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"Eingriff" is the title of this sculpture. But what do we understand by that? An intervention against nature is a familiar term. Or it could refer to a surgical procedure. With a scalpel, a cut is made, and an operation is performed on a patient.

In this case, Daniel Bucur has made an intervention into the trunk of an old poplar tree. First, he created an upright, elongated block from a section of the trunk. But how to incorporate a cut into the wood? It's a challenging task that the artist solved by making a leather model. With this template, it became possible to carry out the intervention. The cut traverses the wood in a zigzag line, colored in red, creating the impression of a gaping wound that allows a glimpse into the interior. The magic lies in the fact that hardly anything follows the natural structure of the wood. Neither the cut itself nor the slightly worked-back left axis of the sculpture. The artist, however, doesn't see himself as a magician; he views his work as entirely normal, as normal as nature itself.

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This sculpture by Daniel Bucur embodies determination. One of nature's most fundamental structures is undoubtedly the double helix of DNA. This complex form is the material basis of the genes of all living beings. The biochemically interconnected molecules form the foundation and the key to all life on Earth. The artist hints at this primal force of life as determination in an oak sculpture.

While the majority of Daniel Bucur's works consist of a single piece of wood, he makes an exception here and assembles the sculpture from multiple layers of oak wood. They are matte polished, giving them a wonderfully warm, glossy surface. This presentation of the double helix exhibits both a vertically ascending and a horizontally stabilizing quality.

The artist builds the spiral layer by layer, gracefully and yet sturdily, towards the top. The determination to grow upward requires both foresight and caution.

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Freundschaft II

Daniel Bucur's connection with the world and with people is ever-present in his works. In this exhibit, he transforms a mighty piece of plane tree wood into a representation of deep friendship. Two intertwined hands may have served as the inspiration for the original idea.

The sculpture was worked diagonally against the grain structure of the plane tree wood, symbolizing that friendships often need to veer off the straight paths of life. Friendships, too, occasionally move from the flow of life into calm waters. However, their inherent quality is the constancy of renewal. Plane trees leverage this uniqueness in their inherent ability to shed their bark, revealing a typical mosaic of various shades of green and brown. This bark protects the tree from the elements, pests, and vulnerabilities. It is a symbol of enduring change.

And sometimes, a layer of the beloved person crumbles, revealing a new aspect that was previously hidden. Intertwined in the small and connected in the grand scheme, with plenty of space in between, that's what distinguishes a good friendship.

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