Baby girl that's larger than life

Size matters, according to artist Ron Mueck, who believes that his larger-than-life sculptures make people take more notice.

The British Australian artist, whose hyperrealistic artwork includes this 5m-long sculpture of a newborn baby, A Girl, was born in 1958 and grew up making puppets and costumes in his spare time.

Later, he moved on to creating photo-realistic props for the advertising industry before transitioning into fine art in the 1990s.

"I never made life-sized figures because it never seemed to be interesting. We meet life-sized people every day," he was quoted by Sculpture magazine as saying.

By altering the scale of his work, he said, people "take notice in a way that you wouldn't do with something that's just normal".

His work is being featured as part of the "Hyperrealism Sculpture" exhibition at the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The exhibition will showcase a selection of three-dimensional works by important hyperrealist sculptors over the past 50 years.

In the 1960s, a number of sculptors became interested in art based on representations of the human figure that were vivid and lifelike and, from the 1990s, some artists started to drastically enlarge or reduce the dimension of their figures.

The exhibition, which started on Saturday, will run until July 1.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 12, 2018, with the headline 'Baby girl that's larger than life'. Print Edition | Subscribe