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The Basics of Buying sculptures online

Joan Amanwi July 11 2023


Sculptures make spaces come alive! They can become the centrepiece of a room or simply complement the decor. This article will explain everything you need to know when buying sculptures online for your home or office interior.

Sculptures have a unique place in the art world and are made from different materials such as wood, glass, rubber, metal, fabric, stone, etc. For a creation to be considered a sculpture, it must occupy three dimensions (length, width, and height). The process of creating sculptures varies from artist to artist: some sculptures are carved, others are welded or even moulded. Regardless of how they are made, when done right sculptures can tell powerful stories and become the focal point of any space. They can be found in art galleries, but are equally common in parks, gardens, airports, and schools.

The grandeur of many sculptures attracts countless visitors. Examples include the Statue of Liberty – in the USA, Michelangelo’s Moses – in Rome, Christ the Redeemer – in Rio de Janeiro, and the Great Sphinx of Giza – in Egypt, just to name a few. Although most people often look to large sculptures to make a statement; small, sculpted objects can equally be used to accessorize your home or office interiors. Sculptures can be purchased online, however, there are a couple of things you should note before making a purchase.

Things to note when buying sculptures online

• Decide on the kind of sculpture you want

There are different types of sculptures, each with a unique design aesthetic.

1. Relief sculptures are carved from a flat surface such as stone, wood, etc.

Relief sculpture “The Reign of Jupiter” by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

2. Assembled sculptures combine materials like scrap metal, plastics, and other objects.

Assembled sculpture “Record for Hattie” by Betye Saar

3. Free-standing sculptures are upright, three-dimensional creations that can be viewed from any angle.

Free-standing sculpture “The Statue of Liberty” by Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi

4. Cast sculptures are created by pouring a liquid substance into a mould to obtain a specific shape.

Three Chinese Cast-metal Sculptures 20th Century

5. Carved sculptures involve using a chisel to create the desired form on stone or wood.

Stone Sculpture “Menkaure flanked by gods” - 4th dynasty (c. 2575–c. 2465 BCE) – Egyptian Museum in Cairo

6. Modelling sculptures involve the use of clay, plaster, or wax to create shapes. However, some artists equally use concrete, synthetic resins, plastic wood, stucco, and molten metal.

Ray Howlett - Inner Light Sculpture

Modern sculpture designs from new and well-known artists are available for sale online (if you wish to sell art online, read Challenges Artists Face When Trying to Sell Their Art and How to Overcome Them). When picking out a sculpture, it is vital to scout the different kinds of sculptures and compare them to your design before making a purchase.

• Chose a reliable online platform

Finding the right platform to make a purchase is one step to a successful online shopping experience. There are many scams online. It is important to do a thorough background check before settling on a given platform. Also, ensure that the platform protects the buyers and has a good refund policy.

• Price scout before making a final purchase

The fun thing about online purchases is that you can scout for prices before deciding. We all know that there is no price for art, however, we can still find great sculptures at affordable prices. By comparing prices from different reliable online platforms and artists, you can settle on the best option that fits both your budget and design preference. There is no shame in price scouting, and if you find the right product at a comfortable price, it is a win-win.

Thanks for reading and happy sculpture shopping! Feel free to share your thoughts, other tips for online shopping, or your experience in the comment section.

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