Saturday, April 9, 2011

statue art

When I was younger, I went through a big phase of making little things with FIMO clay.  It's the colorful clay you can bake in the oven to harden.  I would make little animals, beads for jewelry, and....well, mostly animals.  And that is pretty much where my sculpting skills stopped. 

Sculptures, especially those made of stone, are incredibly impressive to me.  I am unendingly curious how people can look at a huge slab of stone and know where to even begin making it into a form.  And then, when I think about people doing this hundreds of years ago with primitive tools, I have to sit down.  It blows my mind. 

We have come across some beautiful statue work here in Europe to continue the mind boggling.  Here's a taste.

Outside the cathedral in Antwerp, Belgium

My friend and I on a sculpture in Paris

Sculpture in Paris

HUGE statue of Mary and Child at an abbey in Leuven, Belgium

Primitive statue in Damme, Belgium

In a Brussels church (look at the lace detail!)

Outside a governmental building in Brussels

Near the Louvre in Paris (Fabric impresses me more than anything)

Statues in Brussels (wish you could see more detail, they are awesome)



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Antwerp Art - And here is some from the stunning Antwerp cathedral

2 comments:

  1. Amazing sculpture--I loved using sculpey when I was young and I've moved on to water based clay and stone work still stuns me. One wrong chip and the whole thing can be ruined so the sculptor has to be sooo careful! thanks for sharing these beauties!

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  2. I'm totally with you on stone sculpture. How on earth does one take a block of stone and make fabric, skin, fur, feathers and hair from it? It's mindblowing.

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