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Love him or hate him?

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That was the question posed by Emilie Sitzia and Louise Palmer to a large group of forty who had come along to listen to the ArtBite on Wild man last Wednesday.

Both felt a sense of unease in his presence and they weren't alone. The power of the sculpture to make us squirm and confront our own fears is extraordinary and perhaps the end result is a feeling of neither love nor hate but one of compassion and awe.

Ron Mueck Wild man 2005. Polyester resin, fibreglass, silicone, aluminium, wood, horse hair, synthetic hair, ed. 1/1. McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park, Langwarrin, purchased by the Elisabeth Murdoch Sculpture Foundation and The Balnaves Foundation 2008. © Ron Mueck courtesy Anthony d'Offay, London. Photo: Mark Ashkanasy

Ron Mueck Wild man 2005. Polyester resin, fibreglass, silicone, aluminium, wood, horse hair, synthetic hair, ed. 1/1. McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park, Langwarrin, purchased by the Elisabeth Murdoch Sculpture Foundation and The Balnaves Foundation 2008. © Ron Mueck courtesy Anthony d'Offay, London. Photo: Mark Ashkanasy

Listen to the talk here and see if you agree.

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Astounding in their realism and emotional power, Ron Mueck's works have made him one of the most renowned sculptors of our time. See them exclusively at Christchurch Art Gallery from 2 October.