the king of clay, in clay



Here’s artist Raul Gautier‘s take on Rafael Nadal, available for $950.

He had previoulsy sent us mages of his Roger Federer sculpture.

FYI, Rafa won’t be back on the map for another two weeks — at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. See his playing schedule

(image courtesy of Raul Gautier)

the homage to federer continues



Nevermind that Roger Federer‘s Grand Slam semifinal streak has been snapped, nay, smashed by Tomas Berdych 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the quarters of this year’s Wimbledon — because the rest of the world’s celebration of the tennis champ keeps on going. A few weeks after we unearthed the woman with the RF tattoo, we’ve come across a Chicago-based artist who’s sculpted R-Fed’s likeness in clay.

Raul Gautier, a recent immigrant from Mexico, took a day and a half to create this piece. Up next are figurines of Nadal and Agassi. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a Federer toy, of course. Nike collaborated with Michael Lau to come up with this Hulk-esque plastic mound in 2007.

For sale: Federer figurine, $650. Mr. Gautier’s website will be up soon. Contact TSF if you’d like to get in touch with him.

More: See a few more looks of this sculpture after the cut…