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What are your favorite sculptures?

Here's a pic of mine. It was a gift to the City of Chicago by Pablo Picasso. It is the only one of his works I like. It is unnamed, but us locals call it "Da Picasso" biggrin.gif ...

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I think my favorite sculptor of all time is Alexander Calder! There was a huge exhibit of his work in Atlanta back during the 80's when I was in college when I was just realizing that my future was as an artist. I went to see the Calder exhibit as a class assignment but was absolutely blown away when I actually got there: enormous mobiles created from metal but that moved at the slightest touch or breeze, they just overwhelmed me. They were so whimsical, so happy, their colors and shapes just spoke to me somehow of joy. And the icing on this experience was a circus created of wire, bent into the shapes of lions and trapeze artists and clowns - it was the funniest, most charming thing I've seen before or since. To this budding artist, Calder taught me that art can be - heck, SHOULD be! - fun!!

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Here's Calder with one of his mobiles.... (you look at this man's face and tell me he wasn't having fun!!)

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That makes two for Alexander Calder.


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La Cathedrale, by Rodin:
http://www.trincoll.edu/zines/tj/tj4.18.96...nifer/rodin.gif

That theme of hands kind of fascinates me. I love the Escher drawing of the two hands drawing each other, too. smile.gif

And then there's the whole family of little paleolithic goddesses -- I guess this little gal (the Venus of Willendorf) might be the best known:

http://www.arthistory.upenn.edu/smr04/1019...1910/Slide6.jpg

But the sculptures I love best are gargoyles, all kinds. The ones of Notre Dame are particular favorites:

http://nersp.nerdc.ufl.edu/~biolab/gargoyles/ND04.gif
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Oh those gargoyles at Notre Dame really ARE charmers!! I didn't get to see them up close when I visited Paris in 2001 but I hollered up at them from the ground "HI GUYS!" and thoroughly appalled my artsy companions. wink.gif One of the joys in life!

There are some fabulous gargoyles at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC too. If you take the rooftop tour of the chateau you get to go up to part of the roof itself and walk around on a narrow walkway & see the gargoyles up close. One of them has the cutest tush! Funny - and yes I did pat it because it was so cute.

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Korczak Ziolkowski kown most for his craving of Crazy Horse Mountian or may be so known but ether way he is agreat self artist in his own right he has many world known pieces.


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QUOTE (Siobhan Blues @ 29-Mar-2006, 10:41 AM)
Oh those gargoyles at Notre Dame really ARE charmers!!  I didn't get to see them up close when I visited Paris in 2001 but I hollered up at them from the ground "HI GUYS!" and thoroughly appalled my artsy companions.  wink.gif  One of the joys in life!


Gargoyles are the best. smile.gif I have one in the Notre Dame style, little small one 10" high, that sits on a shelf. He's a baby that sucks his thumb, and one of his batwings is curled around himself like he's looking for comfort. Nobody loves a cold stone baby.

http://www.gargoylestore.com/048_baby_gargoyle_out.jpg

I've tried to draw him a few times, from different angles, and he's been extremely patient with that I must say, because I don't draw very well and I erase a lot. But he never complained.
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