It’s probably no surprise but sculpture might be the oldest art form in the history of the world. Sculpture began with our ancient ancestors and has been passed down generation to generation and is still practiced and appreciated by art lovers around the world today. There are basically to types of sculpture material forms. 1 being additive and the other being subtractive. In this post we’ll look deeper into 3 interesting forms of sculpture.
When most people think of a marble statue they think of ancient Greek statues like the Laocoön and His Sons (pictured above) currently situated at the Vatican Museum in Rome. This is an example of subtractive sculpture due to a large slab of marble being taken from the earth and chipped away into the 500+ year old masterpiece viewed by thousands old tourist every year.
I know what you are thinking, paper for a sculpture? Yes, I know it sounds strange but Origami and Paper Mache are forms of sculpture. The orgin of Paper Mache actually roots back to ancient China where they used it for making helmets for battle. I can personally remember using it in second grade for an art project that was really fun, but messy. While maybe not the prettiest form, it is still very interesting.
Being a beach lover, my personal favorite sculpture material is sand. It is solid but not really solid due to the fragile nature of sand. It is the oldest form of sculpting material in the world due to its massive abundance. The video below displays some wonderful artist in time lapse, showing the pieces from start to finish. They make it look way to easy if you ask me.