Sculpture News

Damage to 2,000 Year Old Rampurva Lion during Renovation Shocks Antiquities Community

A 2,000-year-old Indian sculpture from the Ashoka period has been reportedly extensively damaged at the National Museum of Kolkata during renovation work. Questions remain about how the invaluable statue was harmed, and the incident has highlighted a shocking lack of professional procedures for handling antiquities at Indian museums.

“The conservation status of works in Indian museums is really very poor,” says Dr Naman Ahuja, an expert on Indian antiquities and the associate professor of ancient Indian art and architecture at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, blaming this on the “hiring of ‘technicians’ and chemists who have inadequate training in art history and the lack of art historically trained curators”. He further warns that “Indian museums will continue on their downward spiral as there is no intellectual vision for the preservation of the nation’s history.”

The Art Newspaper reports on a Coming Summer of Big Sculpture in Europe

The exhibition is the second in a series of annual international sculpture displays that will be presented in the Rijksmuseum’s gardens over the next four years. The initiative is partly funded by the BankGiro Lottery and an anonymous donor. 

Meanwhile, Scandinavia is due to get its first outdoor sculpture by Sol LeWitt this summer, when the artist’s “9 Towers” is installed at the architecture- and design-based Kivik Art Centre in Lilla Stenshuvud, southeast Sweden. 

“Kivik Art Centre is an architectonic sculpture park and so we thought that LeWitt fit here”, says Sune Nordgren, the curator and project leader at the Kivik Art Centre, and the former director of the Norwegian National Gallery in Oslo. This is the first piece of outdoor public art by LeWitt in the region, he adds, and the work has never before been exhibited. 

Satanic Temple reveals Proposed Sculpture for Oklahoma State Capitol Installation

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The New York-based Satanic Temple formally submitted its application to a panel that oversees the Capitol grounds, including an artist’s rendering that depicts Satan as Baphomet, a goat-headed figure with horns, wings and a long beard that’s often used as a symbol of the occult. In the rendering, Satan is sitting in a pentagram-adorned throne with smiling children next to him.

"The monument has been designed to reflect the views of Satanists in Oklahoma City and beyond," temple spokesman Lucien Greaves said in a statement. "The statue will also have a functional purpose as a chair where people of all ages may sit on the lap of Satan for inspiration and contemplation."

Pennsylvania Farm Show exhibits Shake, Rattle, and Roll by Jim Victor

A 1,000 pound work of art featuring two dancing cows next to three human beings drinking milkshakes is made entirely out of butter. Its theme is “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” which is a hit song from 1954 — coincidentally, the same year the Farm Show unveiled its now-famous milkshake.

“For 60 years, milkshakes have been part of the Farm Show tradition of celebrating Pennsylvania agriculture,” said Greig. “What may seem like just a great drink in a plastic cup is a lot more – it’s a representation of the state’s 7,200 dairy farm families who grow Pennsylvania by driving the economy, creating jobs and supplying quality products to consumers.”

The sculptor, Jim Victor, is from Conshohocken. He began building the butter mold in mid-December and finished just in time for the show, which kicks off Saturday and runs through next Saturday, Jan. 11. It’s in  98th year and is held in Harrisburg.

Russians Rashid and Tatyana Sagadeyev crowned World Fire Sculpture Champions

Rashid and Tatyana Sagadeyev won the competition in Riga, held as part of the celebrations beginning the Latvian city’s year as the European capital of culture this weekend, the Riga2014 organization website said.

The Russian pair beat 11 teams from Europe, the U.S. and Australia with their sculpture “The Abduction of Europa,” named after the Greek myth. The competitors were given straw and wood and charged with building structures no more than six meters wide, which were then all burnt on Saturday night.

Darien Resident Thomas Volpe turns from Finance to Sculpture in his Retirement

"I started in water-based clay, then oil-based clay, carved marble and alabaster," Volpe said. "I made large plaster casts; a Greek-like torso and a 4-foot ballerina. I had four of my sculptures cast in bronze."

Volpe, who’s had an artistic nature since childhood when he frequently sketched, didn’t try his hand at sculpting until years before he retired. He bought a home sculpting kit that could be fired in the kitchen oven to try his first sculpture.

"I worked on it and worked on it," said Volpe, who was still employed as the vice president of tax affairs at Champion International Corp. "I had a real interest in sculpting and I had worked on it so long. When I finally got it done, I was so thrilled with it."

University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County installs Marauder by Clyde Wynia

During these conversations, an idea sparked to join the other Marshfield sites that were honored to have an original Cylde Wynia sculpture. Wynia creates metal works of art and is the proprietor of Jurustic Park, north of Marshfield.

On behalf of the students, Stuhr requested Wynia create the campus mascot: the Marauder. Wynia took on the challenge and donated the 13.5-foot, 2,500-pound Marauder statue to the campus for the students.

High Point University adds Two Sculptures to their Lineup of Extraordinary Individuals

The sculptures join 20 others already on campus, which include Aristotle, Marie Curie, Leonardo DaVinci, Amelia Earhart, Galileo, Mahatma Gandhi, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, Sacajawea, William Shakespeare, Mother Teresa, Mark Twain, George Washington, John Wesley, Albert Einstein, Ludwig van Beethoven, Helen Keller and Theodore Roosevelt.

The sculptor is not identified.

John Mayer sculpts Memorial to Ligonier Valley Middle School student Christopher Harr

“We host the fundraiser every year and donate the proceeds to different organizations,” school Principal David Steimer said. “Chris was a good artist and loved art. Because of his interest in the arts, we felt SAMA was a good local organization for us to honor his memory.”

SAMA-Ligonier Valley coordinator Sommer Toffle said the school wanted the donation to be put to use in a way that would create a permanent testament to Christopher’s memory.  She began looking into local artists who could create a meaningful outdoor sculpture.

“I felt we needed something whimsical and fun, something that I hoped Chris would have enjoyed,” Toffle said. “I wanted a sculpture that would be a celebration of life.”

She enlisted Mayer, a resident of New Alexandria, Westmoreland County, who in recent years has focused on sculpture, to work on the project. Mayer installed his creation in late November.

Fence installed around Controversial Bear Eats Man by Thordis Adalsteinsdottir

Through Mr. Hatfield, Ms. Adalsteinsdottir declined to comment on her sculpture. “She is genuinely shy,” Mr. Hatfield wrote in an email.

The sculpture park denies there is anything untoward about the bear’s embrace. “The man is depicted in shock and an involuntary reflexive response at the moment of being attacked,” Mr. Hatfield wrote.

Nevertheless, in the wake of complaints, there was an internal debate over what to do. Options included modifying and removing the sculpture altogether. “Censorship would be to remove or alter the work itself, to deny the ability to see the work,” Mr. Hatfield said in an interview.

Officials struck a compromise: the wood fence, which cost $250. The warning sign tells parents and others of the presence of a nude male form and advises them to preview it before allowing children to see it.

Susan Beatrice creates Intricate Sculptures from Watch Parts

The artist said that there are still many other ideas that she has yet to explore, and that the project is on-going. She also takes requests to create the fantasies of her clients through watch parts.

Mrs Beatrice, whose sculptures take between three days and a week complete, said: ‘I have always been interested in the beautiful mechanics of antique watches and other intricate machinery - I find the workmanship and precision inspiring.”

Busts by Cliff Leonard presented to Families of the Fallen Marines

"I’m just taken aback. Floored," Vincent’s father, Lee Vincent, said of the sculpture. Also attending was Vincent’s mother, Betty Sue Vincent, and his 100-year-old grandmother, Victoria Love.

The busts were made by Jacksonville sculptor Cliff Leonard, a Marine combat veteran who served in Vietnam. He plans to make busts of all of Florida’s Marines who have been killed in action in recent years.

So far he’s done more than 15 and has more than 40 to go. Leonard said he makes the busts to honor the Marines and their families.

"All Marines are my brothers and sisters. We are all together. All Marines are special. Combat Marines are special and exceptional," Leonard said at the presentation, held at Grace Baptist Church in northwest Gainesville. "I was a combat Marine, and I’m here just to give their parents and their friends some additional solace."