Remember earlier this year when we told you about a bronze bust of Conor McGregor that some artist had made and was putting up for sale? Remember how the joke there was that it would only cost you $4,600 to have the former UFC champ’s head sitting on your mantel, like the classy fight fan you are?
Yeah, well, get ready, because the stakes just got raised.
According to the BBC, Lithuanian sculptor Edgar Askelovic – better known as the artist Aspencrow – just spent five months creating a more than 200-pound sculpture of McGregor that he calls “Atlas” (via Instagram).
Though Aspencrow, who is known for his “hyper-realistic” depictions of celebrities, said he has never met McGregor, he did claim to have communicated with the fighter through McGregor’s “friends.”
“That’s how I got the information that he knows about the sculpture, and that he accepts it,” Aspencrow told the BBC.
The sculpture is set to be unveiled at the JD Malat Gallery in London on July 14, which, of course, is McGregor’s 30th birthday. Aspencrow is reportedly also planning two more versions, with at least one going up for sale.
As for what he’s trying to communicate by depicting McGregor lounging all shirtless and smoldering in a solid wall of rock, that’s where it gets interesting.
“It’s up to you what you see in it,” Aspencrow said. “You can see him as a prisoner, or a god, or just as a person.”
OK, well, it did not occur to me to see him as a god until you said that, but fine, I guess that’s not too weird.
“I like Conor McGregor. He’s a great guy,” Aspencrow continued. “I feel he’s my soulmate. Some of the decisions he makes might not be correct, but none of us are ideal.”
And now it’s officially weird. Cool. Thanks for that.
If you want some thoughts from an actual artist, check out Chris Rini’s take on Twitter. You might even learn something. I sure did.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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