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The Wonder Festival 2020 held in Shanghai, had brought us some very talented artists into the spotlight, that revealed some fine detailed statues for fans to enjoy. One particular caught our attention, Jianhao Chen did an amazing job crafting his renaissance sculptures in a cyberpunk style, with steampunk vibes. The past meeting the future.

Cyberpunk is a subgenre of science fiction placed in a dystopian futuristic setting that features advanced technological scientific achievements, characterized by countercultural antiheroes trapped in a dehumanized high-tech future, with artificial intelligence and cybernetics, in a contrasting effect with a degree of breakdown or radical change in the social order.

The inspiration here appears to be drawn from Kintsukuroi, also known as kintsugi, is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by fixing it with glazed powder or mixed with gold/silver/platinum, giving the object a specific nobility.

cyberpunk renaissance sculptures

Venus de Milo

Jianhao Chen had approached the concept with The Ship of Theseus in mind, one of the oldest thought experiments, it describes a ship that can sail for hundreds of years at sea, thanks to continuous repairs and replacement parts, as long as a piece rots, it will be replaced. So on, until all the components are not the original ones. The question is whether the resulting ship is the original ship of Theseus or a completely different ship?

In the metaphysics of identity it raises the question of whether an object that has had all of its functional components replaced remains fundamentally the same object.

cyberpunk renaissance sculptures
cyberpunk renaissance statue

It will be awesome to find something similar to these statues in the Cyberpunk 2077 video game universe, one can dream and hope.

cyberpunk renaissance sculptures

cyberpunk renaissance sculptures
cyberpunk renaissance sculptures

Vitruvian Man (Drawing by Leonardo da Vinci)

cyberpunk renaissance sculptures

David (Michelangelo)

cyberpunk renaissance sculptures

cyberpunk renaissance sculptures
cyberpunk renaissance sculptures

cyberpunk renaissance sculptures

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