American artist Lee Stoetzel uses wood to create wonderfully convincing sculptures of all sorts of easily recognizable objects from everyday life - a life-size VW bus, an old Macintosh Plus computer, a tray of fast food, a pair of shoes, even a pile of autumn leaves.

Lee examines worn-out symbols or ideas in contemporary art, initially cultivated from the likes of Chuck Close, Rube Goldberg, and Claes Oldenburg.

Whether its mesquite or cypress, each renewable resource favors sinewy flaws or wood marks that, according to Stoetzel, feel comparable to brush strokes, providing another layer of texture and pop of craftsmanship.

Visit Beautiful Decay to view more examples of Lee Stoetzel’s artwork as well as a video of the artist discussing his work in his studio.