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Artist carves champions from tree trunks

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - It takes a special kind of person to look at a large tree and think you can make a statue out of it. But, that's what one ArtPrize artist has done.

James O'Neal gets a vision when he stands next to a large tree. He sees things most people could never imagine.  For his entry this year, he created life-size statues of champions out of trees, like Muhammed Ali and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

The statues took hundreds of hours. All are hand-carved and hand-sanded.

The display is inside the JW Marriott downtown.  Arnold Schwarzenegger and Cris Cyborg have already been in touch with O'Neal to purchase their statues when ArtPrize is over.

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