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  • <h2>In Bed – Ron Mueck</h2><br />
“I love that even though this life-size installation is supposed to be a women just relaxing in bed, everything is very intentional. This is the artist putting in rollers, which he later took out before brushing the hair into shape.”
  • <h2>Siren – Marc Quinn</h2><br />
“This life-size depiction of Kate Moss doing yoga is said to be the largest sculpture created with 24-carat gold since the days of Ancient Egypt. Her hair is smooth and sleek...it almost looks wet. I think that hair sculpted using certain hard materials always maintains a wet look because the details can be more difficult to achieve. This also reminded me of <a href='/index.php/products/view/52' target='_parent'>Gold Pomade</a>.”
  • <h2>Jeff Koons - Pink Panther</h2><br />
“Koons sculpts hair in a very literal way, much like classic sculptors did. He really tries to recreate the styles of the models he’s inspired by. This looks like the big, trashy hair of a woman you’d see in a dirty bar.”
  • <h2>Hiropon - Takashi Murakami</h2><br />
“Murakami is much less literal and more interpretive and creative than many artists. He uses unnatural shapes and colors, but it’s still recognizable as hair. It’s much more exaggerated and fun. This sculpture uses oil and acrylic paint on fiberglass, but similar styles can be seen in real life on teenagers in Tokyo.'
  • <h2>Acis and Galatea – Ottin</h2><br />
“This is part of the Medici Fountain in Paris’ Luxembourg Garden. It shows a jealous god overlooking two lovers. Hair in both the bronze (god) and marble (lovers) is very carefully carved and sculpted. It’s masterful , especially the style of the male figure—his hair is so beautifully draped over the garland.”
  • <h2>Statue of Liberty – Frederic Bartholdi</h2><br />
“This might be my favorite statue in the world because I have a soft spot for what she stands for. We all think we know her hair, but there’s so much detail when you really look at it, from the bangs to the curls. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s in metal or because it’s so big, but it almost looks like the texture is scratched in instead of carved.”
  • <h2>The Little Mermaid – Edvard Eriksen</h2><br />
“This bronze statue was created to greet visitors in Copenhagen, Denmark. It’s so pretty and simple and lovely. The hair is very feminine and delicate—and very wearable. Her style could be worn to the Met Gala or on any red carpet. It’s really soft, especially around the nape…you can almost feel the weightlessness.”
  • <h2>The Three Graces – Antonio  Canova</h2><br />
“This sculpture was carved from a single slab of marble. It’s a really lovely example of something light, delicate and feminine. You can almost imagine little wisps of hair falling from the updos. Statues like this give us inspiration for runway and red carpet.”
  • <h2>Apollo and Daphne – Gian Lorenzo Bernini</h2><br />
“This shows a story in Greek mythology about Apollo trying to stop his love from turning into a tree. The hair on both of them is so killer. Look at his hair bow…back then, there was a much looser definition of what was masculine and feminine. Her hair is so dynamic and has so much action—it definitely doesn’t look like stone.'
  • <h2>Retrospective Bust of a Woman – Salvador Dali</h2><br />
“This shows the woman’s hair adorned with a ‘hat’ comprised of bread and an inkwell and hair made out ears of corn. Leave it to Dali to mix mediums like that and still imply hair.”
  • <h2>Apsara sculptures – Angkor Wat in Cambodia</h2><br />
“The temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia is decorated with approximately 1,800 <i>apsara</i>—dancing girls—realistically rendered in stone. Supposedly, each woman has a slightly different hairstyle…and each style tells a story about where they are from, the type of dances they perform and more. It’s also interesting to see that each woman as a little belly, depicting that they were well-fed, which was a standard of beauty back when this was constructed in the early 12th century.'
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Sculpted Beauty

Editorial hairstylist and salon owner Michael Angelo often uses sculptures for inspiration for his work. “While so much in art has changed throughout the years, certain shapes, forms and textures in the hair have remained relatively constant,” Angelo says. “Every medium—from marble to stone to 24-karat gold—captures hair in its own special way.” Here are some of his favorite sculptural interpretations of hair.
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