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This sculpture is movement. Through the wood's grain and its form, you can sense the speed of this sculpture. A loop. Suddenly, this energy is halted, and there's an interruption in the middle. A stop. A crack in the oak wood, which Daniel Bucur has further highlighted, and so the interruption adds to the natural wholeness of the sculpture.

To stimulate his creative process, the artist initially created a model from thick leather. You can see the part that fits perfectly into the recess, and you want to close the gap to maintain the speed.

The present is experiencing a speed crisis due to the unstoppable acceleration of life. Everything is getting faster. This speed is visible in Daniel Bucur's sculpture; it pauses in the moment. And even the smallest interruption propels us further in the predetermined direction. A small part that seamlessly fits into its counterpart gives us the impression that it should continue. Interruption is not allowed in our fast-paced world. Will the sculpture find its rhythm again? Will it pick up speed once more? Does this moment of stillness symbolize the challenges of our time? After all, it's the loops, detours, and interruptions that add flavor to all our lives.

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Umarmung V

Here we see a two-part sculpture titled "Umarmung V," created by the artist. It depicts two people standing pressed together, with their arms tightly wrapped around each other.

What's particularly interesting here is the craftsmanship. Daniel Bucur has crafted the figure from a single piece of walnut wood. He initially roughed out the shape, making it appear as if the two people are cast from a single mold. The cutting edge is a perfectly executed optical illusion. However, the real eye-catcher is the surface, which is meticulously polished and further enhanced with shellac for added luster. Beneath the shiny finish, you can see the beautiful, finely detailed texture of the walnut wood, dark and mysterious.

Another interesting aspect is the relationship between the two figures. While their bodies are pressed closely together, their heads are tilted backward, creating a beautiful sense of tension.

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When three people come together to form an alliance to collectively represent their interests, it's called a "triumvirate." This term has its origins in Roman history and is derived from the Latin words "tres viri," which mean three men. Both the "First Triumvirate," consisting of Caesar, Pompeius, and Crassus, and the "Second Triumvirate," formed shortly after Caesar's assassination, involving Octavian, Marcus Antonius, and Lepidus, have left their marks on history.

For this sculpture, Daniel Bucur created three columns from ash wood. Each one is stained in a different color: red, green, and orange, and their varying sizes catch the eye. This symbolizes that not everyone within a triumvirate is equally powerful.

The parts are very close together and slightly inclined toward each other, but this doesn't necessarily mean they are close to each other in every sense. The white marks, which Daniel Bucur carved into the ash wood using a chisel, add an element of fragility to the sculpture. As history teaches us, such alliances don't always end well. The most famous example is the forced suicide of Marcus Antonius, along with his lover Cleopatra, orchestrated by Octavian.

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