The human experience has always included the creation and appreciation of art. But different types of art are often used in different ways because of the varying feelings they evoke. Sculpture is bold and noticeable. And in that sense, it’s often used as an announcement or declaration. Throughout history, sculptures have been used for ritual purposes. This is a significant way that sculptures differentiate themselves from other art types—they are more interactive on the human level since they are three dimensional works. All art forms provide us an escape from what we know as reality. Sculpture tends to do this on a more personal level because it’s closer to something we know. It’s a similar representation of the way we live and how our senses interpret the world around us.

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Sculptures, since the early eras, have been an inevitable part of Architecture and Design. Stone sculptures decorated the interiors and the exteriors of built-forms and had specific iconographic meaning that played a significant role in celebrating the principles of the buildings, the deities or the users of the space. Sculptures developed with time to show more realistic pictures of contemporary social life.

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Sculpturing is the art of creation in three dimensions that is true representation of the natural or imagined forms. As every artistic tradition in India, sculptures also takes roots on the ground of certain visual and aesthetic presence of ideas. This reflects the emotional and psychological needs and imaginative prepossessions of the people for whom the art is targeted.

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“Turn an unusable space into a feature”. Sculptures also form an important sub genre of street art. Used for public displays and awareness, it critically involves the masses at a more personal level and is capable of drastically transforming spaces, for which sculptures and interior design go hand in hand.

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Though when we speak of the sub categories of street art, at first glance, some installations may resemble traditional craft based structure or the more modernist assemblage art. But this could be an illusion. Installation art effectively inverts the principles of sculpture, whereas the latter is designed to be viewed from the outside as a self contained arrangement of forms. Installation often envelops the spectator in the space of the work.

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The formalism of the composition remains of secondary importance – it is the effect on the spectators spatial and cultural expectations that remains paramount.

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Pooja Kshatriya

Pooja Kshatriya is an Interior Architect by profession and a stage artist by passion. Trying to strike the right balance of the two. So far so good. Hoping to take it forward. She can be contacted at pooja.vjk@gmail.com