This awesome and elaborate wood sculpture, entitled A Matter of Time, is the work of artist Paul Baliker. Paul spent six months creating this piece which, “presents itself like a three-dimensional mandala exhibiting the diverse species of life on Earth.” All sorts of animals, including different birds, fish, a monkey, giraffe, and a rhino appear to be bursting forth from the natural texture of the wood, which is also the wildly streaming hair of the central human figure, who gently holds the world in the palm of his hand.

Like many of his other meticulously crafted pieces, A Matter of Time draws a connection between man and nature. The artist says, “A passion for nature has inspired me to create a body of work that is environmental in pith. I endeavor to capture a moment in wood or bronze that expresses potential for a symbiotic relationship with nature.”

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