Inspired by the Hellenistic period, ceramic artist Brett Kern has focus is ample talents on a series of sculptures of pop-culture characters in a parody of the classics. But these aren't just any characters, they're beloved '80s icons: Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Slimer from Ghostbusters, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and Alf from, well, Alf (also, Melmac).
“I am choosing characters that I sympathize with in some capacity,” Kern, an assistant professor at Davis & Elkins College in West Virginia, told Nerdist. “When I used to play Ninja Turtles, I pretended to be Raphael because he was the badass rebel that didn’t want to listen to anyone else. Fittingly, my older brother was Leonardo and we clashed often. For the mashup, I chose the Hellenistic sculpture, The Dying Gaul, which depicts a man dying in battle.”