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Are these the most life-like sculptures ever produced? Artist creates hyper-realistic models of humans

Their skin stretches and folds gently, hair protrudes from their pores and light reflects off the tangible sheens of sweat across their body as they spoon in bed.

The pair may look like a couple lying on a mattress, but in fact they are hyper-realistic sculptures of humans, displayed on a stone slab for an exhibition.

The models were created by London-based sculptor Ron Mueck who has been producing sculptures since 1996.

Mr Mueck only turned to fine art for his living in his 30s - he was previously a model maker and puppeteer for childrens' television and films - he worked as Ludo on the 1986 film Labyrinth.

His creative process sees him sculpt in clay, make a plaster mould around the form and then replace the clay with a mixture of fibreglass, silicone and resin.

Mr Mueck, who is famously known for working silently and not giving media interviews, employs skills and techniques that are more often found in theatrical or cinematic special effects.

Part of his work's allure is that he constructs the likenesses of human beings, while playing with scale - some of his figures are alarmingly large, while others are pint-sized - although they are equally realistic regardless of their dimensions.