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Architecture Sculpture

Art and architecture share many similarities. They've influenced one another throughout history. However, trying to liken these two disciplines will inevitably lead to certain contractions.

Perhaps the biggest difference is that Art, in its broadest sense, is defined as a creation meant to trigger an emotional response which is generally related to aesthetic pleasure. It doesn't satisfy any of life's basic needs, but it leads to thoughts, reflections, and often taps into our subconscious and our memory. On the other hand, architecture's primary purpose is to shelter individuals and ensure their safety. Architecture is meant to serve a utilitarian purpose.

Today, architecture has gone far beyond this initial function. Architects have strived to combine engineering and aesthetic research to create buildings that are so out of the ordinary we wonder how they were designed. They want their creations to stand out and favour originality and creativity. Just like in arts, architecture is influenced by the historical, social, and political context of the time and each movement has its own characteristics, from baroque to futurism to Bauhaus. Modern architecture marked a turn in the history of architecture. Architects revolutionised the social scope of their discipline and took an industrialist approach to society and nature — avant-garde architects rubbed shoulders with artists such as Georges Braque, Piet Mondrian, and members of the De Stijl group. Le Corbusier is a pioneer in collective housing, and also took part in ambitious projects which aimed to rebuild entire cities, such as Chandigarh in India. Decorative arts also developed by taking inspiration from the conventions that governed modernist architecture.

Contemporary architecture might not be a specific movement per se, but buildings that fall into this category share certain attributes. Contemporary architecture is characterised by curvy lines and various volumes in a single structure, as seen with the Sydney Opera House. The architect Jørn Utzon explained that he didn't seek to create a building for this project, but an actual sculpture. The building continually renews itself with new meanings and experiences for each passerby. Architectural works often require periods of deep reflection and a long though process in order for the architect to envisage how to give their building a sense of character and soul.

Whether architecture is an art or not is a never ending debate, but it is undeniable that there are strong links between the two disciplines. There are many examples of collaborations between contemporary artists and architects, and today the works of the greatest architects are exhibited in museums along with their fellow artists.

Discover our selections of artworks inspired by art and architecture!

Collector’s Guide: Collecting Sculptures

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Jeff Cunningham, Night Rain, Sculpture

Jeff Cunningham

Night Rain, 2018
11.8 x 16.9 x 0.6 inch
Sculpture

$1,405

Boris Jean, Uparis#3, Sculpture

Boris Jean

Uparis#3, 2017
11 x 10.2 x 10.2 inch
Sculpture

$5,060

Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans titre Ref (311), Sculpture

Nicolas Dubreuille

Sans titre Ref (311), 2021
21.7 x 11 x 11 inch
Sculpture

$4,880

Amey, La brique 7, Sculpture

Amey

La brique 7, 2021
20.1 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$964

Philip Hearsey, First impression, Sculpture

Philip Hearsey

First impression, 2014
7.1 x 6.7 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,169

Teresa Riba, Tarda al sol IV, Sculpture

Teresa Riba

Tarda al sol IV, 2015
9.8 x 4.7 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,928

Simon Raffy, Optical 3, Sculpture

Simon Raffy

Optical 3, 2014
3 x 3 x 3 inch
Sculpture

$422

Alexandre Mijatovic, Le Minus, Sculpture

Alexandre Mijatovic

Le Minus, 2017
10.2 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,566

Éliane Monnin, Prendre racine, Sculpture

Éliane Monnin

Prendre racine, 2020
13.4 x 8.3 x 8.3 inch
Sculpture

$663

Benjamin Affagard aka Come, Street Vitrine 'Maison de la Presse', Sculpture

Benjamin Affagard aka Come

Street Vitrine 'Maison de la Presse', 2019
15 x 14.6 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,807

Francesco Marino Di Teana, Hommage à Lao Tseu H.16 cm chromée, Sculpture

Francesco Marino Di Teana

Hommage à Lao Tseu H.16 cm chromée, 2019
6.3 x 3.3 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$458

Crixo Aponte, Cicely, Sculpture

Crixo Aponte

Cicely, 2020
98.4 x 81.5 x 74.8 inch
Sculpture

$33,736

Thomas Danel, TD05, Sculpture

Thomas Danel

TD05, 2018
23.2 x 23.2 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$2,651

Wilds, Horizon, Sculpture

Wilds

Horizon, 2015
49.2 x 70.9 inch
Sculpture

$18,013

Peter Newsome, Choices, Sculpture

Peter Newsome

Choices, 2019
24.4 x 12.6 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,683

Our recommendations Olivier Moravik, Radius, Sculpture

Olivier Moravik

Radius, 2017
16.5 x 39.4 x 15 inch
Sculpture

$9,639

Jean-Pierre Desprez, Yersin, Sculpture

Jean-Pierre Desprez

Yersin, 2020
7.9 x 29.5 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$10,844

Cécile Thonus, Oui, Sculpture

Cécile Thonus

Oui, 2021
14.4 x 8.5 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$663

Charles Fazzino, La Magnificence de Paris, Sculpture

Charles Fazzino

La Magnificence de Paris, 2019
23.2 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$5,904

Frédéric Lavaud, Dans le vent, Sculpture

Frédéric Lavaud

Dans le vent, 2020
37.4 x 18.5 x 10.6 inch
Sculpture

$1,325

Eskos, World Door Series N°8, Sculpture

Eskos

World Door Series N°8, 2021
6.3 x 4.3 x 0.6 inch
Sculpture

$181

Gilbert Pauli, Rhodochrosite rose, Sculpture

Gilbert Pauli

Rhodochrosite rose, 2017
21.3 x 6.7 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$1,095

Joël Froment, S Alphabet, Sculpture

Joël Froment

S Alphabet, 2003
9.4 x 6.3 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$1,446

Jane Grieco, Port Navalo, Sculpture

Jane Grieco

Port Navalo, 2020
8.3 x 18.9 x 0.4 inch
Sculpture

$301

Zevs, Pneumatique, Sculpture

Zevs

Pneumatique, 2007
19.7 x 7.9 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$6,024

Our recommendations Jeff Koons, Puppy, Sculpture

Jeff Koons

Puppy, 1990
11 x 15 x 1 inch
Sculpture

$3,500

Matteo Di Ciommo, Hierophanies, Sculpture

Matteo Di Ciommo

Hierophanies, 2020
9.1 x 7.5 x 7.5 inch
Sculpture

$723

Jinny Yu, Stalker, Sculpture

Jinny Yu

Stalker, 2014
70.9 x 52 x 35.8 inch
Sculpture

$7,800

K-OD, Bohême, Sculpture

K-OD

Bohême, 2018
16.5 x 16.5 x 16.5 inch
Sculpture

$1,506

Corinne Berset, Cœur de chêne, Sculpture

Corinne Berset

Cœur de chêne, 2018
18.9 x 6.7 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$663

Our recommendations Gianluca Lerici (Prof. Bad Trip), Lego Robot, Sculpture

Gianluca Lerici (Prof. Bad Trip)

Lego Robot, 2002
8.7 x 8.3 x 9.4 inch
Sculpture

$1,807

Julien Cuny, Architectura 1, Sculpture

Julien Cuny

Architectura 1, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,687

Jacinto Genis Terron, Nacimiento en una Calabaza / Ceramics Mexican Folk Art Miniature Nativity, Sculpture

Jacinto Genis Terron

Nacimiento en una Calabaza / Ceramics Mexican Folk Art Miniature Nativity, 2017
2 x 2.8 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$450

Our recommendations Nando Stevoli, Pleating, Sculpture

Nando Stevoli

Pleating, 2016
39.4 x 59.1 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$10,844

Mar Solís, Corona XVIII, Sculpture

Mar Solís

Corona XVIII, 2012
55.1 x 47.2 x 39.4 inch
Sculpture

$18,073

Joshua Smith, Black Shadow Trading Company, Sculpture

Joshua Smith

Black Shadow Trading Company, 2015
14 x 12 x 12 inch
Sculpture

$10,241

Desislava Stoilova, Setting Sunshine, Sculpture

Desislava Stoilova

Setting Sunshine, 2019
8.7 x 14.6 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,928

Lining Liu, Physical painting collage, Sculpture

Lining Liu

Physical painting collage, 2016
12.2 x 18.1 x 12.2 inch
Sculpture

$5,000

Dany, Idée, Sculpture

Dany

Idée, 2019
15.7 x 47.2 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$4,193

Guillaume Lachapelle, Metro, Sculpture

Guillaume Lachapelle

Metro, 2013
6.3 x 6.3 x 11 inch
Sculpture

$4,900

Jorge Salas, White and Red Composition / Soto's Memory, Sculpture

Jorge Salas

White and Red Composition / Soto's Memory, 2018
24.5 x 24.5 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$3,500

Guido Zimmermann, Cuckoo Block "Frankfurt", Sculpture

Guido Zimmermann

Cuckoo Block "Frankfurt", 2019
30.7 x 10.2 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$5,482

Florian Hunger-Pegof, 1972 Black Metallica 2, Sculpture

Florian Hunger-Pegof

1972 Black Metallica 2, 1972
10.6 x 1.6 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$4,759

Arden Scott, Red boat, Sculpture

Arden Scott

Red boat, 1993
8.7 x 13.4 x 52.4 inch
Sculpture

$5,904

Lucia Tallová, From series Second archive, Sculpture

Lucia Tallová

From series Second archive, 2019
12.6 x 9.1 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$4,458

Kico Camacho, Intro Nature, Sculpture

Kico Camacho

Intro Nature, 2018
118.1 x 118.1 x 196.9 inch
Sculpture

$21,687

Yves Allègre, Apple NY, Sculpture

Yves Allègre

Apple NY, 2017
41.3 x 36.6 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$5,060

Jean-Paul Réti, Architecture 2, Sculpture

Jean-Paul Réti

Architecture 2, 2000
35.4 x 19.7 x 17.7 inch
Sculpture

$9,639

Zin Taylor, A Tool for Stripes and Dots (the elephant / the elements of the base collect into an appendage)!, Sculpture

Zin Taylor

A Tool for Stripes and Dots (the elephant / the elements of the base collect into an appendage)!, 2014
39.4 x 10.6 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$10,241

Florim Hasani, Palindrome, Sculpture

Florim Hasani

Palindrome, 2013
13 x 41.3 x 24.4 inch
Sculpture

$5,783

Ramón Cerezo, Vacios MPAP, Sculpture

Ramón Cerezo

Vacios MPAP, 2016
7.9 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,012

Pétra Werlé, Conciliabule 2, Sculpture

Pétra Werlé

Conciliabule 2, 2019
11.8 x 7.9 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$3,133

Jere Curtis, Terrasse de café, Sculpture

Jere Curtis

Terrasse de café, 1976
19.7 x 31.5 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$3,012

Our recommendations Radu Comsa, Passage introductif (Après le Disco), Sculpture

Radu Comsa

Passage introductif (Après le Disco), 2017
96.5 x 70.9 x 0.4 inch
Sculpture

$7,229

Brno Del Zou, Equilibre, Sculpture

Brno Del Zou

Equilibre, 2016
72.8 x 70.9 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$10,241

Akio Takamori, 3 Tier House, Sculpture

Akio Takamori

3 Tier House, 1975
22.5 x 14 x 11 inch
Sculpture

$15,000

Jeff Cunningham, Windows in the East, Sculpture

Jeff Cunningham

Windows in the East, 2018
16.5 x 11.8 x 0.6 inch
Sculpture

$1,405

Jeff Cunningham, Parallel Worlds, Sculpture

Jeff Cunningham

Parallel Worlds, 2018
11.8 x 11.8 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$3,671

Christine Louchet, Tour Eiffel - série Monuments de Paris, Sculpture

Christine Louchet

Tour Eiffel - série Monuments de Paris, 2019
23.6 x 15.7 x 0.6 inch
Sculpture

$2,530

Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans titre Ref (351), Sculpture

Nicolas Dubreuille

Sans titre Ref (351), 2021
66.9 x 39.4 x 27.6 inch
Sculpture

15,000 - $ 25,000

Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans titre Ref (306), Sculpture

Nicolas Dubreuille

Sans titre Ref (306), 2021
41.7 x 24.8 x 16.9 inch
Sculpture

$8,434

Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans titre Ref (347), Sculpture

Nicolas Dubreuille

Sans titre Ref (347), 2021
19.3 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$4,880

Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans titre Ref (349), Sculpture

Nicolas Dubreuille

Sans titre Ref (349), 2021
45.7 x 28.3 x 23.6 inch
Sculpture

$9,277

Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans titre Ref (348), Sculpture

Nicolas Dubreuille

Sans titre Ref (348), 2021
40.9 x 17.7 x 12.2 inch
Sculpture

$8,434

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