GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — If you’ve never been to Egypt to visit King Tutankhamun’s tomb, one man has created a replica of it that Grand Rapids residents and visitors will be able to see as part of this year’s ArtPrize festival and competition.
Bruce Gorsline’s King Tut recording is located on the second floor of the Waters Center Homewood Suites at 161 Ottawa Ave NW.
He was inspired after traveling to Egypt with his wife in 2020 to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.
“I absolutely fell in love with Tutankhamun’s coffin. This is beautiful work. I couldn’t wait to get home to start carving it,” he said. “It took me three years to carve it by hand. My wife and I drew it together.”
Gorsline hand-carved the Egyptian pharaoh’s coffin, mummy, mask, dog and other artifacts found in his tomb in the Valley of the Kings. He says the coffin is the same size as Tutankhamun’s.
“I wanted to share this with the public so that people can see a little bit of Egypt. This is not my imagination,” he said. “It is exactly as you would do if you went into a grave.”