Human sculptures

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Stephan Balkenhol - Sphaera, 2007, steel, plastic, bronze and gold leaf, 8,8-meter height, 5-meter diameter, 3,5 tonnes, installation view, Kapitelplatz, Salzburg, Austria feat

Stephan Balkenhol’s massive, golden sculpture in Salzburg – Sphaera

The sculpture Sphaera by Stephan Balkenhol was installed as part of the Art Project Salzburg in the 2007 Salzburg Festival and is based on various medieval mysteries. Construction & design The artwork, situated outside of the Salzburg cathedral on the Kapitelplatz, is easily recognizable from afar thanks to its golden sheen that reflects light from […]

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David Černý - Head of Franz Kafka, 2014, 40 layers of polished stainless steel, motors, electronics, 10.6 meters tall, 39 tonnes, installation view, Prague, Czech Republic feat

Franz Kafka’s giant rotating head – A statue in Prague by David Černý

One of the most outstanding attractions in Prague is the piece of Franz Kafka, an outdoor sculpture that is more of a technical wonder. The work of art is part of the Quadrio shopping and office complex on Národní třída, created by controversial artist David Černý who had on several occasions along his career used

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African Renaissance Monument, 2010, bronze, 49 meter (161 feet), Ouakam suburb, Dakar, Senegal feat

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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The Vatican’s creepy sculpture behind the pope – What you should know

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

Article by Dr. Gindi, contemporary sculptor 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

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Ron Mueck’s Couple Under An Umbrella sculpture tells the story of love

At first glance, especially from a picture, it is easy to assume that the Couple under an Umbrella sculpture is a real-life image frozen in time. In a world marred by conflict and competition, everybody appreciates the display of affection by people. The couple in question is quite elderly, and the artist must have chosen

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Li Hongbo’s stunning flexible sculptures are not what they seem

Li Hongbo is an artist based in Beijing, China and creates unusual and surprising art pieces from paper. A designer and book editor, Li Hongbo started collecting and experimenting with his ideas with paper after being inspired by the festive ‘paper gourd’ decorations and traditional Chinese boys’ toys. These pieces have a simple but amazing

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Maurizio Cattelan’s Hitler sculpture – World’s worst criminal regrets his sins

How much penance do the atrocities that Adolf Hitler committed in his lifetime require to be forgiven? This is perhaps the question which Maurizio Cattelan wanted to arouse in his audience when he drew a picture of the fascist leader in a kneeling position. There is nothing wrong with someone kneeling in prayer. In fact

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Meekyoung Shin’s beautiful sculptures – Made entirely from soap

Meekyoung Shin, a South Korean sculptor, became popular for her Translation series, using soap as her medium of art. Trained in the tradition of European sculpture, her statuettes are made factoring in the Western and Eastern styles of relief. Her works are usually made from palm oil, a vegetarian soap. Her technique The free-standing ancient

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Jaume Plensa’s stunning larger-than-life sculptures

Jaume Plensa is arguably one of the top sculptors today. He is primarily known for creating huge ethereal sculptures and has also worked with different contemporary art media types, including acoustic installations and video projections. Plensa is especially known for his large-scale, ethereal projects, which he installed in public spaces of major cities around the

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Fabrice Fouillet’s photos of world’s largest statues

Through several centuries, there have been different statues erected around the world. These statues vary in size and what they represent. Photographer Fabrice Fouillet embarked on a tour to study and take photographs of the biggest and most imposing statues in the world; A project he named Colosses. The idea behind the project The project

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Artist Xu Zhen’s stunning installation at the Long Museum

Xu Zhen is a leader within the domain of contemporary Chinese art and is said to be one of the most sought-after international contemporary artists. Xu Zhen uses inspiration from both Chinese and Western cultures while combining the embodiment of both. He uses sociocultural frameworks as an inspiration for his pieces to target and, what

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Jeff Koons controversial sculpture of Michael Jackson & bubbles

Michael Jackson and Bubbles is a larger-than-life-sized gilded porcelain rendering of the late king of pop, Michael Jackson, and his chimpanzee pet, Bubbles. It’s based on a press photo of the two, and it is nearly indistinguishable from that image. Just like in the vacuum cleaner series, Jeff Koons reimagines the pop star as a

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