International Sculpture Day
Sculptures are fantastic creations for the eyes to behold. International Sculpture Day is an annual celebration to further the creation and understanding of sculpture, and its unique and important contribution to society. Sculptures tell us so much about history and important figures of the day. Sculptures are a way to escape from the real world and delve into something that we know. Sculptures tend to represent how we live and how our senses interpret the world around us. With that being said, here in the Shoetique office we thought we’d pick out our favourite sculpture designs.
Break Through from Your Mold by Zenos Frudakis, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA – We absolutely love this here in the Shoetique office! This sculpture portrays the struggle for freedom, inspiring many in their quest to break free from boundaries.
Nelson Mandela, South Africa by Marco Cianfanelli – This awe-inspiring sculpture was created in honour of Nelson Mandela and to mark the 50th anniversary of his arrest by the apartheid police. Standing on the exact spot that he was captured, this sculpture boasts an amazing 50 steel columns, which alludes to the prison bars that contained him for 27 years.
The Unknown Official – Reykjavik, Iceland – We love this satirical sculpture depicting the work of the faceless bureaucrat. Iceland is renowned for its fair and progressive economy across the world, which is why the location is so fitting for this sculpture!
Angel of the North, Gates Head by Andrew Gormley – The Angel of the North has become a wonderfully iconic symbol of hope, and due to it being the largest angel sculpture in the world, it is visited by around 90,000 people daily! The creator Andrew Gormley said he wanted to ‘make an object that would be a focus of hope at a painful time of transition for the people of the north-east, abandoned in the gap between the industrial and the information ages.’ It bears witness to the thousands of colliery workers who had spent the last three hundred years mining below the service. We love this statue here at Shoetique and we recommend everyone visit it at least once!
Michelangelo’s David – This masterful renaissance sculpture was created between 1501 and 1504. Michelangelo decided to stray from the originality of most David homages and portray David before his battle with Goliath takes place. The slingshot that David carries is almost invisible, giving a nod to David’s victory being of sheer wit and cleverness, as opposed to force. He exudes confidence and concentration, both values of the ‘thinking man’ (also featured in this blog) which were considered to be perfect virtues during the Renaissance. You can view this work of art at the Accademia gallery in Florence.
The Thinker by Auguste Rodin – The immense popularity of the sculpture has been frequently credited to the familiar emotion it projects, of being lost deep in thought, frozen from action. Rodin himself explained why the statue is so popular. He said ‘”What makes my Thinker think is that he thinks not only with his brain, with his knitted brow, his distended nostrils and compressed lips, but with every muscle of his arms, back, and legs, with his clenched fist and gripping toes.” A few of us have definitely been in this kind of pose whilst day dreaming about shoes!
Abraham Lincoln by Daniel Chester – This fabulous sculpture by Daniel Chester is wonderfully reflective of how Lincoln held America together during a tumultuous period. Some think the hands forming an ‘A’ in sign language holds special significance, but there is no evidence to back this up! You can find this masterpiece in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.
That completes our list of favourite sculptures! Worth an honourable mention, we think the Venus de Milo and the Kiss are absolutely fabulous also! What are your favourite sculptures? Have you seen any of the sculptures featured in our list? Let us know now on Facebook and Twitter!