Art Sculptures Buying Guide

Looking for a way to add beauty to your spaces -- and perhaps a few conversation pieces for your dinner guests? Then take a closer look at the options for art sculptures.

Types of Art Sculptures

Types of Art Sculptures

Pablo Picasso famously said, "The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls." Lofty words indeed, but art in the home is an integral part of creating a beautiful, welcoming living space. That includes art sculptures—three-dimensional pieces that can supply color, texture, and focal points to our spaces. Art sculptures may be the smallest of pieces, able to fit on a shelf, or they may be floor-size and room-filling. Whatever the size, there are several types to choose from, including bronze, ceramic, glass, metal, and wire. Here's a breakdown of key differences.

Bronze

Art sculptures crafted from bronze are molded and shaped into different angles and forms. These may be small enough to sit on a shelf or large enough to rest on the floor.

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Ceramic

Unlike metal or bronze pieces, ceramic art sculptures are more delicate and more likely to break, so they should be displayed in a secure location. These vary widely in texture, form, and color, reflecting the range of ceramic materials available.

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Glass

Glass art sculptures require heat to form the material into various shapes. Glass art sculptures may be clear or colored; as with ceramic pieces, these should be displayed where they are not likely to break.

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Metal

Metal art sculptures, typically formed from sheets, may be made into a variety of shapes using heat or tools. Like bronze art sculptures, metal pieces have durability and variety in size and form.

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Wire

Wire art sculptures use metal wire in a variety of sizes to craft shapes and forms. These have the same sort of durability as bronze and metal pieces.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

As with art that hangs on the wall, art sculptures are pieces you will likely have for years, if not decades. Some may be heirloom pieces passed down from one generation to the next. That's why, in addition to the type of piece, it's important to closely evaluate other purchase considerations that will impact your enjoyment of the art and its life span related to your needs. Those include size, cost, style, and care. This short guide, with tips and information, should help.

Size

From diminutive pieces that fit on the smallest of accent shelves to large-scale, oversize sculptures that rest on the floor and offer a focal point for a room—or the home—art sculptures can be found in a variety of sizes.

Cost

As with size, cost spans a wide range for art sculptures. But because of the longevity of the pieces, even the most affordable item is an investment that may pay off with increased value over time.

Style

Although many people might associate art sculptures with more contemporary decorating schemes, there is a range of styles available to accent everything from traditional to cottage homes.

Care

The material in large part determines the care requirements. More delicate pieces need to be placed in a protected spot and might not weather anything more than cleaning with a dry dust cloth. Others may offer a welcomed patina that comes with age and wear.

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Surya
$1,239.99 $929.99

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$79.99 $39.99

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Grandin Road
$199.00 $179.97

Top brass. Liven up your coffee table with our Metal Geo Sculptures. These oversized pentagon-shaped cubes have a lustrous, brushe...d-coffee bronze. Arrange them like a curator on your sideboard or mantel. Or use one as a paperweight. The heavy pentagonal shape begs you to pick it up out of its crystal base and admire its brassy heft. Cool sculptural accents in pentagonal shapes . Add interest to your sideboard, coffee table, or mantel . Handcrafted workmanship . 60% steel and 40% crystal . Set of two, one big and one small . Imported . read more

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