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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.

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Collector’s Guide: Collecting Sculptures

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Boris Jean, Tour Eiffel, Sculpture

Boris Jean

Tour Eiffel, 2017
24 x 12.6 x 12.6 inch
Sculpture

$5,194

Philip Hearsey, First impression, Sculpture

Philip Hearsey

First impression, 2014
7.1 x 6.7 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,226

Isabelle Jeandot, Mémoires, Sculpture

Isabelle Jeandot

Mémoires, 2020
18.1 x 11 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$13,602

Thomas Danel, TD05, Sculpture

Thomas Danel

TD05, 2018
23.2 x 23.2 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$2,720

Michele Cossyro, White Cosmic Folds, Sculpture

Michele Cossyro

White Cosmic Folds, 2017
16.9 x 18.1 x 0.2 inch
Sculpture

$3,462

Alexandre Mijatovic, Comment pleurent les hommes, Sculpture

Alexandre Mijatovic

Comment pleurent les hommes, 2017
19.7 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$6,183

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

$470

Crixo Aponte, Taurus, Sculpture

Crixo Aponte

Taurus, 2020
51.2 x 41.3 x 70.9 inch
Sculpture

$25,102

Our recommendations Olivier Moravik, Radius, Sculpture

Olivier Moravik

Radius, 2017
16.5 x 39.4 x 15 inch
Sculpture

$9,892

Simon Raffy, Optical 3, Sculpture

Simon Raffy

Optical 3, 2014
3 x 3 x 3 inch
Sculpture

$433

Stevens Dossou-Yovo, Blason, Sculpture

Stevens Dossou-Yovo

Blason, 2021
35.4 x 25.6 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$15,457

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

$1,855

Fernando Suarez Reguera, Aldeas Transversales, Sculpture

Fernando Suarez Reguera

Aldeas Transversales, 2016
74 x 30.7 x 65.7 inch
Sculpture

$23,495

Zevs, Pneumatique, Sculpture

Zevs

Pneumatique, 2007
19.7 x 7.9 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$6,183

Teresa Riba, Tarda al sol IV, Sculpture

Teresa Riba

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

$1,978

Jane Grieco, Port Navalo, Sculpture

Jane Grieco

Port Navalo, 2020
8.3 x 18.9 x 0.4 inch
Sculpture

$309

Pierre Digonnet, Canopée 192, Sculpture

Pierre Digonnet

Canopée 192, 2020
86.6 x 86.6 x 22 inch
Sculpture

$8,656

Jeff Koons, Puppy, Sculpture

Jeff Koons

Puppy, 1990
11 x 15 x 1 inch
Sculpture

$3,500

Frédéric Lavaud, L'échelle 115, Sculpture

Frédéric Lavaud

L'échelle 115, 2020
26 x 5.1 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$334

Rafael Barón, Ed. Palma, Sculpture

Rafael Barón

Ed. Palma, 2021
10.6 x 10.6 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$300

Corinne Berset, Cœur de chêne, Sculpture

Corinne Berset

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

$495

Notte, Longwood | Sycomore, Sculpture

Notte

Longwood | Sycomore, 2013
72.8 x 8.7 x 8.7 inch
Sculpture

$4,439

Jinny Yu, Stalker, Sculpture

Jinny Yu

Stalker, 2014
70.9 x 52 x 35.8 inch
Sculpture

$7,800

Mario Pasqualotto, Asian Dream, Sculpture

Mario Pasqualotto

Asian Dream, 2007
19.7 x 19.7 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,586

Lauren Ike, 'X', Sculpture

Lauren Ike

'X', 2018
72 x 36 x 4 inch
Sculpture

$1,000

Joël Froment, S Alphabet, Sculpture

Joël Froment

S Alphabet, 2003
9.4 x 6.3 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$1,484

Patrick Bérubé, 360 / 500, Sculpture

Patrick Bérubé

360 / 500, 2016
16.5 x 20.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,720

Peter Newsome, Choices, Sculpture

Peter Newsome

Choices, 2019
24.4 x 12.6 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,736

Jorge Salas, Black Composition / Soto's Memory, Sculpture

Jorge Salas

Black Composition / Soto's Memory, 2018
24.5 x 24.5 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$3,500

Jean-Paul Réti, Architecture 2, Sculpture

Jean-Paul Réti

Architecture 2, 2000
35.4 x 19.7 x 17.7 inch
Sculpture

$9,892

Dany, Idée, Sculpture

Dany

Idée, 2019
15.7 x 47.2 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$4,303

Joshua Smith, Black Shadow Trading Company, Sculpture

Joshua Smith

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

$10,511

Jannick Deslauriers, Ruines (édifice #2), Sculpture

Jannick Deslauriers

Ruines (édifice #2), 2016
22.8 x 10.2 x 10.2 inch
Sculpture

$6,801

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

$4,884

Florim Hasani, Quartier, Sculpture

Florim Hasani

Quartier, 2019
37.4 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$5,935

India Leire, Specimen, Sculpture

India Leire

Specimen, 2010
11.8 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$680

André Affolter (Condé), Sans titre, Sculpture

André Affolter (Condé)

Sans titre, 1980
31.1 x 23.2 x 18.9 inch
Sculpture

$4,328

Halinka Jakubowska, Récepteur d'émotion, Sculpture

Halinka Jakubowska

Récepteur d'émotion, 2015
18.5 x 15 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$4,823

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

$10,511

Mar Solís, Corona XVIII, Sculpture

Mar Solís

Corona XVIII, 2012
55.1 x 47.2 x 39.4 inch
Sculpture

$18,548

Guillaume Lachapelle, Sans titre, Sculpture

Guillaume Lachapelle

Sans titre, 2015
7.5 x 20.1 x 20.1 inch
Sculpture

$14,300

K-OD, Bohême, Sculpture

K-OD

Bohême, 2018
16.5 x 16.5 x 16.5 inch
Sculpture

$1,546

Consuelo Vinchira, Estructure EG19, Sculpture

Consuelo Vinchira

Estructure EG19, 2015
78.7 x 29.9 x 0.4 inch
Sculpture

$12,366

Laura Nillni, Racine Carrée, Sculpture

Laura Nillni

Racine Carrée, 2007
39.4 x 39.4 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$8,038

Arden Scott, Red boat, Sculpture

Arden Scott

Red boat, 1993
8.7 x 13.4 x 52.4 inch
Sculpture

$6,059

María Oriza, Espiral, Sculpture

María Oriza

Espiral, 2015
9.1 x 20.9 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$1,546

Guido Zimmermann, Cuckoo Block "Frankfurt", Sculpture

Guido Zimmermann

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

$5,626

Ramón Cerezo, Vacios MPAP, Sculpture

Ramón Cerezo

Vacios MPAP, 2016
7.9 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,091

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

$1,855

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

$7,419

Desislava Stoilova, Setting Sunshine, Sculpture

Desislava Stoilova

Setting Sunshine, 2019
8.7 x 14.6 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,978

Yves Allègre, Apple NY, Sculpture

Yves Allègre

Apple NY, 2017
41.3 x 36.6 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$5,194

Matteo Di Ciommo, Hierophanies, Sculpture

Matteo Di Ciommo

Hierophanies, 2020
9.1 x 7.5 x 7.5 inch
Sculpture

$742

Jean-Pierre Desprez, Yersin, Sculpture

Jean-Pierre Desprez

Yersin, 2020
7.9 x 29.5 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$11,129

Sam Son, Bad boys, Sculpture

Sam Son

Bad boys, 2018
55.1 x 39.4 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$18,548

Jere Curtis, Terrasse de café, Sculpture

Jere Curtis

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

$3,091

Kico Camacho, Intro Nature, Sculpture

Kico Camacho

Intro Nature, 2018
118.1 x 118.1 x 196.9 inch
Sculpture

$22,258

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

Miguel Guía, Essence de jeunesse Grand bronze coulé, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

Essence de jeunesse Grand bronze coulé, 2018
21.3 x 7.9 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$6,133

Miguel Guía, Guitariste Arlequin Grand Fonte du Bronze, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

Guitariste Arlequin Grand Fonte du Bronze, 2017
20.9 x 12.2 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$6,158

Our recommendations Miguel Guía, Cheval Cubiste de Guernica Bois, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

Cheval Cubiste de Guernica Bois, 2017
22 x 9.8 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$5,688

Miguel Guía, Abstracción NFL Inspiración Antony Gormley, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

Abstracción NFL Inspiración Antony Gormley, 2018
16.9 x 11 x 7.5 inch
Sculpture

$3,957

Miguel Guía, Essence de la jeunesse, bois, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

Essence de la jeunesse, bois, 2017
22.8 x 11 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$6,133

Aldo Chaparro, Re thinking Carl Andre's Trabum, Sculpture

Aldo Chaparro

Re thinking Carl Andre's Trabum, 2020
17.7 x 17.7 x 17.7 inch
Sculpture

$25,968

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