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Shanghai, China

Q Confucius Number 2

Lifelike statue of the Chinese philosopher in the bathtub. 

46-year-old Zhang Huan had already made waves across the international art world when he released Q Confucius Number 2 in 2011. Well-known for his works such as “Ash Jesus” and “Three Heads, Six Arms,” Huan took his work to a new level when he debuted an animatronic sculpture of Confucius in the bathtub that actually breathes.

Reaching the height of the cavernous room that holds it, Confucius Number 2 perfectly resembles the philosopher down to the long beard and age spots that are present on his face. The sculpture, made out of steel, silicone, carbon fiber, and acrylic, attempts to captures every detail of the human body. The work even has wrinkles and pores around its sculpted features.

Although it was only displayed until January 29, 2012 at the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai, Confucius will likely make the art rounds for some time before settling down in a permanent location.