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On the History Of Sculpture

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A Brief Look At The History Of Sculpture Throughout the history of civilization man has often made monuments in many varied forms symbolic of the cultures they live in. These monuments are usually represented through arts of architecture, landscaping, painting, and sculpture. These diverse forms of art have their own unique qualities, all of which can be accented with sculpture in some way. As sculpture usually relates closely to the other arts in expression and style, it still relies on all of the social aspects of the society in which it resides for its meaning and purpose. The three-dimensional and long-lasting qualities contribute to the wide use of sculpture as a cultural expression of the beliefs and ideals of man. Mostly these beliefs are displayed in varied forms such as designs or decorative additions like religious symbols of idols or gods, civic leaders, beings of myth or legend and other figures historically or socially significant to the society in which these creations are found. ...read more.


Though any material can be used (depending on the desired result), the prevailing mediums have been stone, clay, bronze, and wood. Unfortunately most historical artifacts made out of less durable materials have not withstood the test of time. Although the basic concepts of sculpture have stayed the same, the methods of creation have progressed through the years with the development of man. Where man once created more simplistic sculptures with the materials close at hand, in the twentieth-century, with the incredible technology available nearly, anything is possible. Where at one time it took hundreds of hours to carve and chisel stone to individually create every statue one at a time, through the development of casting and other advanced methods it is possible to create many sculptures from one original work. These fantastic processes of duplication make it possible for people all over the world to appreciate the beauty of one single piece of work through its reproductions. After observing the sculptures around campus I found my favorite to be the four figures in the waterfall courtyard by James Avati. ...read more.


She appears so intent on the contents of the book before her, this book representing to me a symbol of learning and intellectual growth. The lone man seems to face that direction as if now that he has chosen education he will inevitably need to find contentment in study as this young lady apparently has. I found meaning in the two figures interacting in the center of the courtyard represent the social aspect of this whole experience. There is a balance with these four figures. Just as these two social figures are positioned between the single man (the intent to learn and work toward a greater education) and the woman (learning and education) somewhere in the middle the social aspect must be fulfilled. Not only are these two being social, but also they are male and female adding a new dimension of the all important search for a mate, which really enhances the reality of this experience I am having as a student. The more I sat and pondered these things the more I came to see in the message these figures portrayed. These figures are very appropriate for a collage courtyard considering what they represent of this culture of the college student. ...read more.

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