Is it just me or does this sculpture remind you of Lady Gaga as well? 

This incredible artwork created from the humble 2x4—that we theater designers are so familiar with—is the brainchild of Morgan Herrin, who is for all intents and purposes a local artist to my neighborhood; he’s from Richmond, I live in D.C. 

The evidence of my labor gives value to the material, which is otherwise cheap and disposable. Recycled, construction-grade lumber reflects our society’s preference for cheap, fast, and impermanent. My sculptures are hand-carved, a process that takes hundreds of work-hours and utilizes hand tools that have been almost completely phased out by modern machines. These two aspects combine to create a dialogue about time and the contrast between the past and the present.

Courtesy of Colossal