Archive for the ‘Sculpture’ Category

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…

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…

The Charioteer of Delphi

The Charioteer of Delphi is one of the most notable of Ancient Greek statues that still exist today. It is considered to be one of the finest examples of the ancient Greek bronze statues. It is a life-size representation of an ancient Greek chariot driver with the actual chariot already missing with the reins handled by the driver only the ones remaining to suggest it. OriginsThe statue, which is also known as the Heniokhos or the “rein holder”, was found in 1896 at the Sanctuary of Apollo in D…

Winged Victory of Samothrace

The Winged Victory of Samothrace is one of the most famous and celebrated of ancient sculptures today. This famous sculpture is also known as the Nike of Samothrace, being a 3rd Century BC marble sculpture of the Greek Goddess of Victory. It has been prominently displayed at the Louvre since 1884. The Winged Victory was first discovered by Charles Campoiseau, a French diplomat and amateur archaeologist in 1863 on the small island of Samothrace in Greece. The statue was then sent to Paris the sam…

The Statue of David by Michelangelo

The Statue of David is perhaps one of the most famous sculptures in the world. It is a Renaissance masterpiece sculpted by Micheangelo from 1501 to 1504. It is considered as one of the greatest works of the famous Renaissance artist along with his other sculpture, the Pieta. The Statue of David can be found in the city of Florence in Italy. The original statue is now located at the Accademia Gallery where it is being protected from damage. A replica of the statue now stands in its former place a…

Donatello

Donatello was a famous Italian artist and sculptor during the early Renaissance Period. Born as Donato di Niccolo di Betto Bardi in Florence sometime on 1386, Donatello was the son of Niccolo di Betto Bardi, a Florentine wool comber. Donatello first received his artistic training in a goldsmith’s workshop, as was the custom for artists during that time. He also worked briefly from the studio of another noted Italian artist, Lorenzo Ghiberti. While working at Ghiberti’s studio, Donatello was able…

Rodin’s The Thinker

The Thinker, or Le Penseur in French, is a well-known bronze and marble sculpture that was created by noted artist, Auguste Rodin. It stands in the Rodin Museum in Paris and depicts a man in deep meditation and somehow struggling from an internal conflict. It has the man posed in a crouching position with the right hand to the chin and with the right elbow placed on the left knee. It depicts a person in deep contemplation as if surveying something below it. The Thinker has been used at times to …