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ArcelorMittal Orbit

ArcelorMittal Orbit is a striking 114.5-meter or 376-feet tall sculpture and observation tower located at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London. It was built as a lasting landmark highlighting London’s hosting of the 2012 Summer Olympics. It is considered as the largest public art piece in Great Britain. ArcelorMittal Orbit History The idea for […]

The Cloud Gate

The Cloud Gate is a unique and popular public sculpture that is located at the Millennium Park within the Loop community of Chicago, Illinois. It is the centerpiece of the AT&T Plaza building and is one of the more popular public sculptures located in the city. Cloud Gate Profile The Cloud Gate, also more commonly […]

A Look at Gargoyles

A gargoyle is essentially an architectural design element used in various early buildings, especially those built in Medieval France. It is usually composed of a carved stone designed in a grotesque manner and designed with a spout to draw water flowing from a roof away from the sides of a building. Therefore, a gargoyle has both aesthetic and practical use as part of a building’s architecture. Gargoyle Origins The use of gargoyles actually has a long history that stretches down to the time of t…

Jacques Louis David

Jacques Louis David is a French painter known for painting in the Neoclassical style. He was highly influential in that he painted with a type of history painting that is marked by heightened emotions in a classical manner. He was also known as a supporter of the French Revolution. Early LifeJacques Louis David was born on August 30, 1748 in Paris, France. He was born in a prosperous family but was unfortunate to have his father killed in a due when he was about nine years old. His mother put hi…

John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent was a noted portrait painter. He was considered to be the most successful portrait painter during his time. His body of work included roughly 900 oil paintings and over 2,000 watercolor artworks along with numerous charcoal drawings and sketches. Early LifeSargent was born on January 12, 1856 in Florence, Italy. His parents, FitzWilliam and Mary, lived an almost nomadic life that led them to travel frequently. Sargent’s father was an eye surgeon in Philadelphia. The couple de…

Marcel Duchamp

Marcel Duchamp is a notable French artist who was most often associated with the Surrealist and Dadaist art movements. Duchamp’s works are not merely composed of paintings but also through interestingly unique and sometimes controversial art installations and sculptures. Although he made a relatively few artworks, he became a noted and highly regarded artist during his time, helping to influence Western art and how people perceive it during this period. Early LifeMarcel Duchamp was born on July …

Odilon Redon

Odilon Redon was a French Symbolist painter, graphic artist and draftsman. He became famous for his quite mysterious painting compositions that is said to reflect an exploration of the artist’s internal feelings and thoughts. He was more noted as one of the outstanding figures in Symbolist art. Early LifeOdilon was born Bertrand-Jean Redon on April 20, 1840 in Bordeaux, Aquitaine in France. His nickname “Odilon” came from his mother who was named Odile. He was born from a prosperous family. His …

John William Waterhouse

John William Waterhouse is an English Pre-Raphaelite painter. He became famous for his paintings of female characters taken from mythology and literature. He was also a draftsman, sculptor and a teacher. Painter ProfileJohn William Waterhouse was born on April 6, 1849 in Rome, Italy. He was born to William and Isabela Waterhouse who were both painters. John had started training in the arts at quite an early age with his father providing him with training until he entered the Royal Academy school…

Impossible Triangle Sculpture

The Impossible Triangle sculpture is a unique landmark built in Claisebrook Square in East Perth, Australia. It is a unique sculpture in that it takes the shape of what is called a Penrose triangle or a Penrose tribar. This type of triangle is known as an impossible object; an optical illusion that projects a three dimensional object that may be interpreted as such visually by the human eye but actually may not be possible of such an object ever existing. Sculpture FeaturesThe Impossible Triangl…

Christ The Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer is an imposing statue of Jesus Christ that overlooks the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. It has become an iconic symbol of the city and of Brazil and one of its more popular landmarks. This imposing statue of Jesus Christ is also considered as one of the tallest of its kind in the whole world, with the Cristo de la Concordia in Bolivia the only other taller statue. Notable Features The Christ the Redeemer statue stands 38 meters or 120 feet tall, 30 meters or 98 feet wide a…