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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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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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The king is the ruler of his realm. He is a sovereign, often also the highest judge and high priest. Wisdom, decisiveness, foresight, and diplomatic skill are expected of him, as well as clemency and grace. Many roles embodied in one person. But how could a human take on all these roles?

It wasn't just a matter of high birth. Power had to be symbolized and supported by numerous regalia like a crown and scepter. An important accessory during the coronation was also the mantle. It envelops the figure like a protective armor, providing strength. In it, the body disappears, and the person themselves becomes a symbol.

The mantle is represented by the reddish-tinted cylinder. The surface was cut with a grinder, giving it the texture of textile fabric. Through the hand of the artist, human features were bestowed upon the face. The mouth conveys seriousness, and the gaze looks nobly into the distance. A truly regal statue that symbolizes its high birth with humility.

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Victory - Sieg

V for Victory. This sculpture stylizes the two outstretched fingers to form the letter V. In this sense, the gesture was first used during World War II by the English BBC, which broadcast it into German-occupied Europe as a harbinger of the Victory campaign. Iconic images from world history featuring the two extended fingers include figures like Winston Churchill and Dwight D. Eisenhower, both individuals who were aware of the power of strong symbols.

Daniel Bucur crafted this sculpture very intricately with a chainsaw. From a solid block, he cut numerous horizontal slots into the wood from two sides. Finally, with a large vertical cut, he created the two fingers. Each finger is composed of many wood leaves held together by a continuous web on the inside.

Victory in this sculpture is depicted as a fragile symbol. It must be hard-fought, and not only the loser pays a high price. Moreover, victory is not always everlasting.

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