Here are three views of the SAME wooden sculpture! Impossible? Read on...
Two sculptures for the price of one! These US$50 figures were created in 1987 by a Mexican artist and fine craftsman called Guillermo Kuhn Sanchez. A limited edition of only 250 pieces of each design was made, carved from selected hard exotic tropical woods that are found in the deep jungles of Southern Mexico. There were 13 different designs in all - Mountain Cougar/Mountain Ram, Duck/Hunter, Eagle/Deer (shown above), Angel Fish/Seahorse, Sailboat/Marlinfish, Treble Clef/Ballerina on Swan, Golfer Putting/Golfer Driving, Basketball player/two players, hammer/carpenter, Charlie Chaplin(tramp)/Old Movie Camera, Jazz Trumpeter/Saxaphone player, Jesus preaching/Vatican Chalice, Egg/Skeleton.
One Image appears when viewed from the front or back, and the second figure appears when viewed from either side. Inbetween these viewing points, each sculpture dissolves into chaotic shapes and outlines. Want another view of the sculptures?
The carvings are each about six inches (15 centimetres) high, standing on 3.5 inch square bases which are integral with the figures. Each has been signed and numbered by the artist by carving small letters and figures into the base.
The Japanese company WACO PRODUCTS CORPORATION marketed the range of carvings through its American office in New Jersey. They were shown at the New York Spring Gift Fair in the Javitz Center up to February 1994, and sold out by the end of 1995. The company had considered making cheaper moulded copies of the designs but has since shelved this plan. AS FAR AS WE KNOW THESE SCULPTURES ARE NOT AVAILABLE ANYWHERE COMMERCIALLY AT THE PRESENT TIME.
The concept of having two or more images in one object is probably quite old. The cult book Gerdel/Escher/Bach depicts one on its front cover. The Japanese artist FUHUDA has created a number of them, some of which are large scale sculptures, 20 or 30 feet high, located in parks. The British puzzle craftsman Kevin Holmes carves 2 or 3 initials into a block of wood - to order - each at right angles to each other.
A novel way to display the Mexican sculptures is to place one in front of a right angled screen and to project light from two different lamps on to the sculptures. The two images appear as sharp silhouettes on the adjacent screens.