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Theater & art

Sculptor wants to carve a new man in the mountain

Joe Wheelwright has always worked big and dreamed bigger, carving faces out of 7-ton boulders, turning scraggly pine trees into towering sculptures fit for a Tim Burton movie, even trying to replace the crumbled Old Man of the Mountain. But the 65-year-old Dorchester artist’s latest plan is by far his most outlandish and ambitious.

Wheelwright, whose sculptures have exhibited along the East Coast, from Miami to Washington to New York, Boston, and Vermont, wants to carve a giant head into the majestic Andes mountains of Peru. It’s a project that could take a decade to finish and cost millions, but which he boasts could be the “eighth wonder of the world.”

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