Tell Me What Sculptures Really Are ?
A sculpture is a three-dimensional form of art, unlike painting which is two-dimensional because it is done on a flat surface. A piece of sculpture can be touched and felt and has many surfaces.
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The process of sculpting and casting was discovered sometimes around 3000 bc which heralded the beginning of the age of metals.
Common questions relating to sculptures
Q.Does sculpting has its origin in early times?
A.like painting sculpting too has its origin in early times. we already know that early man used to chip flint stones to make weapons, this was probably how they got the idea of sculpting stone and wood to get the desired shape, later on, sculptures became a piece of art.
Q.How many types of sculptures are there?
A.There are two types of sculptures
- In round – sculptures around which you can walk are called as in the round
- In relief – those which are done on a surface
sculptures that are said to be round, are the figures of gods and goddesses, other figurines that you see are in copper bronze or plaster of Paris are not carved. These sculptures are not carved because metal cannot be given a shape when it is in the solid state. Such Sculptures are made by a process called Casting
Q.Is sculpting easy?
A. like any form of art requires talent and the will to learn, sculpting does as well. most of the sculptures are made by a chisel and a hammer which is called as a mallet.
The process involves selecting a stone > [rough lining] > [fine detailing] – using hand chisel and fine scraper.
Q.How is casting done?
Artist makes the desired figure in wax, they carve it in the way they want it to look when finished. once the wax carving is complete they cover it with wet clay and plaster of Paris and make a hole in the wet clay with the figure inside it is left to dry when it dries up well the casting process is taken up, the metal in which the casting has to be done is heated till it becomes red hot and molten then the dry clay is baked and to make it Strong , this melts the wax inside and it flows out through the hole the mould left behind is filled with red hot molten metal and then the hole is sealed when the metal cools down the mould is broken and voila the metal sculptures is ready . It is a complicated procedure and one has to put in a lot of effort but the rewards are high.
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