Sculptures

A sculpture is a form of visual art or plastic art presented in three dimensions (3D). Three-dimensional artworks can be created through modeling, carving, molding, or constructing. Sculptors often use clay, wood, ceramics, metal, stone, clay, or an array of other materials to create sculptures.

Sculptures have played a significant role in religious survival and devotion in various cultures and societies. There are many surviving sculptures from ancient civilizations of Africa, South America, China, India, and the Mediterranean. Contemporary sculptures have also had a major mark in the art world and inspired genres like surrealist sculpture.

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Why is there a statue of Shiva the Destroyer at CERN?

If you have been keeping up with the happenings of the CERN, the world’s most advanced scientific research facility, you might have noticed the statue of Shiva the Destroyer. Shiva, the cosmic dancer, symbolizes the natural flow of divine energy. He takes part in Rudra Tandava – a dance representing destruction and rebirth- to reshape …

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George W. Bush statue, 2011, bronze, 2.58 m (9.3 ft.), 400 kg (880 lb) feat

George W. Bush’s statue & his stolen wristwatch

To understand the George W. Bush statue, you must first understand the longstanding relationship that has always existed between the US and Albania. Albanians have had a great admiration for former President Bush. In 2007, President Bush’s European tour was plagued by protests and debacles. Albania was one of the only countries to give the …

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The African Renaissance Monument – Africa’s most controversial statue

This 49 meters tall bronze statue is located on top of the Collines des Mamelles – one of the twin hills – in the Senegalese capital Dakar. It overlooks the Atlantic Ocean just outside the city in the Ouakam neighborhood. The African Renaissance Monument was designed by renowned Senegalese architect Pierre Goudiaby Atepa following a …

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Xu Zhen’s In just a blink of an eye – Defying the laws of physics?

Have you ever seen one of those perfectly timed photos that capture the exact moment someone begins to fall on their bum? With modern technology, it is not hard to capture that “perfect moment”. However, capturing that “perfect moment” in a live performance is nearly impossible; unless you are Xu Zhen. Chinese artist Xu Zhen …

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Chen Wenling’s bull fart sculpture – What you see might not be real

The Bull Fart Sculpture was exhibited in a Beijing art gallery in 2009 by celebrated Chinese artist Chen Wenling. Chen titled the work What You See Might Not Be Real to take an in-depth look at the international financial crisis that the world was grappling with at the time. Chen created the farting bull to …

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Wesley Meuris - Memento Public, 2012, 500 x 1000 x 1000 cm, installation view, Central Burial of Borgloon, Belgium feat

Wesley Meuris’ Memento – A place to leave your worries behind

Memento is a circular pavilion that was created by Belgian artist Wesley Meuris. This beautiful white pavilion is located on the outskirts of the little Flemish town of Borgloon. Being situated directly on the slope, Memento overlooks the central graveyard found in the medieval city that has been nicknamed Central Burial by the locals. Memento …

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Vincent Ganivet’s monumental Catena Containers in Le Havre

The Catène de Containers is a sculpture created by Vincent Ganivet in 2017. To build the monument, Ganivet made two archways of containers to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the French city Le Havre. The containers, which were stacked up to 30-meters high, are easily distinguished by the various bright colors and are situated at …

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Fazzini’s The Resurrection – The Vatican’s creepy sculpture behind the pope

Ever heard about the ‘demonic’ idol in the Vatican? Well, this refers to the large modern sculpture depicting the resurrection of Jesus, a backdrop work of art behind the stage in Paul VI Audience Hall. The Paul VI Audience Halls draws many conspiracy theories not only due to this sculpture that people swear is a …

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Dr. Gindi – How sculptors, painters & architects can reimagine our world

The years of 2020 through 2021 created an inflection point in human history as the COVID virus surfaced many human weaknesses and vulnerabilities. Amid the entrenched pandemic, we have a rare but brief opportunity to rethink, reimagine and repurpose our world. What are the seedpods of shared solutions to solve the existential predicaments facing humanity …

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Torres de Satélite – The story behind

The Torres de Satélite or Satellite Towers are a collection of sculptures installed in the Ciudad Satelite district of Naucalpan in Mexico State, a few kilometers outside Mexico City. They are considered among Mexico’s first large-scale urban sculptures. The monuments were conceived in 1957 by the famous Mexican painter Jesús Reyes Ferreira, architect Luis Barragan, …

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Tiger & Turtle – A roller coaster for pedestrians

The locals call this sculpture the world’s slowest roller coaster, but the most fitting name will be stroller coaster. It gives visitors the pleasure of a fairground ride without the speed usually characterized by roller coaster rides. However, the official name is the Tiger and Turtle – Magic Mountain. This interactive installation-turned-landmark by Ulrich Genth …

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