September 2013


Statue.com's Gloria next to Perseus with the Head of Medusa Sculpture

Perseus with the Head of Medusa Sculpture

As myth has it, Medusa was a hideous, terrifying woman with poisonous snakes for hair. One glance her direction would turn result in being turned to stone. Perseus, the hero, was responsible for her demise. He was gifted  a mirrored shield from Athena, gold, winged sandals from Hermes, a sword from Hephaestus and Hades’ helm of invisibility to battle the cruel Medusa. Perseus slayed Medusa by chopping off her head using Athena’s mirrored shied to avoid looking directly at her. Medusa was pregnant at the time of her slaying. When Perseus beheaded Medusa, she gave birth to Pegasus, a wing horse. In return for allowing Perseus to borrow Athena’s shield, he gave her Medusa’s head. Athena in return put Medusa’s head on the shield for further protection.

Perseus Wall Mask

The myth of Medusa and Perseus has remained popular through the centuries. It has been the subject of many artwork. When Gloria, Statue.com founder, visited Florence, Italy she visited the bronze sculpture of Perseus with the Head of Medusa. This statue was sculpted by the Italian, Benvenuto Cellini. Side note about, Cellini, he was a gifted sculptor but was also quite violent. He had shot and injured Philibert of Châlon, prince of Orange and killed Charles III, Duke of Bourbon. He also murdered his brother’s killer in what he called ‘blood revenge.’

Alright, back on topic, there are many other famous of pieces of Medusa and Perseus that do not require a flight to Florence, Italy. The Perseus Wall Mask is great for an artist cast or drawing study.

Pegasus With Open Wings

The Pegasus is central to the Medusa and Perseus myth and often represented in sculpture. The Pegasus with Open Wings is composed of designer resin with an antique bronze finish.

To view more mythological pieces within our gallery head on over to our website. If you have something in mind but cannot find it on the website, feel free to contact us. Our excellent products coupled with our outstanding customer service ensures Statue.com is the best business for statuary and other fine goods.

Reach us by phone Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (CT) 618-692-1121 or Toll-Free at 877-675-2634

Our fax number is 618-692-6775.

Send mail to us at: Statue.com, Inc., 100 N. Main St. Edwardsville, IL 62025.

We’d love to hear from you!

~Kristen

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Fall is officially here. That means we can talk about Halloween, right? I loved Halloween growing up. I always knew the holiday was drawing near when my mom would break out our life size Frankenstein door decoration. It was complete with adjustable arms and legs to boot. Frankenstein lasted at least twenty years, in fact my mom may still have it somewhere. With a little guy of my own, I look forward to establishing traditions and the excitement that comes along with preparing for a holiday, much like Halloween.

At Statue.com, we strive to provide memorable decorations that are going to last for years to come. We would love for our products to signify a certain holiday memory or give your family something to look forward to year, after year. Our decorations are an investment to the memories your children will cling to as adults. With that said, we would like to share some of our favorites to decorate your space: Halloween Style.

Cat With Mask Halloween Sculpture

A welcoming feline fellow, I love this cat statue for the front porch to greet trick or treaters. Made durable cast stone and suitable for indoor and outdoor use.

Awakening Wall Wolfman Candle holder

The Awakening Wall Wolfman is not for the faint of heart. Actually, his red eyes and scary snarl is quite frightening. Wolfman would be perfect for Halloween party and sure to stir up some spooky conversation. We recommend showcasing this scary guy indoors. I think this would look great by an entry way.

Gargoyle Candle Holder

This guy is perfect for indoor or outdoor use. I think he would be a great accent to any mantel with some spooky spiderwebs.  His expression is just priceless, so ugly he is cute!

To view more Halloween pieces within our gallery head on over to our website. If you have something in mind but cannot find it on the website, feel free to contact us. Our excellent products coupled with our outstanding customer service ensures Statue.com is the best business for statuary and other fine goods.

Reach us by phone Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (CT) 618-692-1121 or Toll-Free at 877-675-2634

Our fax number is 618-692-6775.

Send mail to us at: Statue.com, Inc., 100 N. Main St. Edwardsville, IL 62025.

We’d love to hear from you!

~Kristen

Apollo Belvedere Lost Wax Bronze Statue

Have you heard the expression “imitation is the most sincere form of flattery?” Well, the Greeks must have been blushing by the Romans’ flattery in the late fourth century, B.C. The Romans, at the time, were going through a period of wealth and expansion. They were mesmerized by Greek high society and copied their art forms. Among those forms, was sculpture. Don’t get me wrong, Romans produced their own conception of statuary and the like. Often the Romans would take a Greek statue, alter the face or make a change to assimilate the piece of art into their own culture. Over time the sculptures were in such high demand they would be mass produced and lose the meaning the Greeks intended, other then the aesthetic value.

Today, we are grateful for the Roman’s fascination with Greek artwork. Since Greek statuary was mostly in bronze, a good portion of the sculpture was melted down for use of the precious metal. Without Roman reproductions in marble the Greek bronze sculptures would have been lost in time. It is pretty cool to think the Romans preserved sculpture that even predated them by 500 years.

An example of a statue sculpted by the Ancient Greeks and copied by the Romans would be the Apollo Belvedere Lost Wax Bronze Statue. This famous classic bronze statue, was discovered in ruins of Pompey’s theater near Rome in the late 1400’s, and believe to be a Roman copy of the Greek sculptor, Leochares original bronze statue. Once in the private collection of Pope Julius II, it was moved to the Vatican in 1509 and placed in the Cortile del Belvedere, from which it derives its name. Our bronze Apollo statue is rife with fine detail from the draped robe to the sandaled feet. This 19th century French Bronze fully restored rendition of Apollo, has just overtaken the serpent Python, and just released a arrow from his bow. The effort impressed on his musculature still lingers. Apollo represents harmony, order, and reason and was considered the greatest ancient sculpture and for centuries epitomized ideals of aesthetic perfection for Europeans and westernized parts of the world.

To view other Ancient Roman and Greek statues head on over to our website. If you have something in mind but cannot find it on the website, feel free to contact us. Our excellent products coupled with our outstanding customer service ensures Statue.com is the best business for statuary and other fine goods.

Reach us by phone Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (CT) 618-692-1121 or Toll-Free at 877-675-2634

Our fax number is 618-692-6775.

Send mail to us at: Statue.com, Inc., 100 N. Main St. Edwardsville, IL 62025.

We’d love to hear from you!

~Kristen

Archer Rhiannon Garden Fairy Sculpture

Fairies have been spreading their mischief in folklore, literature and art for centuries. The Fairies we have in Statue.com’s gallery are derived from Victorian Era. The commonly heard term Fairy Tale was also derived from this time. Within the Victorian Era there was a battling between Gothic and Classical styles. This blend can be seen in the Archer Rhiannon Garden Fairy Sculpture. The way she has her bow drawn is purely classical but yet her wings give off a more Gothic vibe.

Celtic Fairy Perilous Perch

 The Celtic Fairy Perilous Perch sculpture weighs more heavily on the Gothic realm. With her crouch and expression it appears she is up to no good. She also appears to be more on the darker side of mischief. There are many different themes of Fairies. Some folklore holds Fairies tiny trouble makers whereas other variations fairies are mortal threat to humans.  I certainly would not want rub this Celtic Fairy the wrong way.

The Art Nouveau movement during the late 19th century would also embrace Fairies in a more classical style. Art Nouveau  embodied curved lines and natural movement. Art Nouveau was an important transition from Early 19th Century and 20th Century modernist styles.

To view our fine gallery of statues and fountains head on over to our website. If you have something in mind but cannot find it on the website, feel free to contact us. Our excellent products coupled with our outstanding customer service ensures Statue.com is the best business for statuary and other fine goods.

Fairy Morning Glory Art Nouveau Statue

Reach us by phone Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (CT) 618-692-1121 or Toll-Free at 877-675-2634

Our fax number is 618-692-6775.

Send mail to us at: Statue.com, Inc., 100 N. Main St. Edwardsville, IL 62025.

We’d love to hear from you!

~Kristen

Mother and Son Bronze Patina Sculpture

The kiss on the head, loving embrace, image of pure bliss, captured so elegantly in The Mother and Son Sculpture reminds me of my son who will turn one this month. It would make sense that this sculpture resonates  strongly with me. It is always profound when you have a piece of art that imitates life so closely. The artist captures the connection between a mother and her son perfectly. This connection between mother and child so deep and often hard to describe with words but yet not words are needed with this sculpture.

Young Mother With Child Statue By Rodin

Motherhood is a mixture of exhaustion, joy, adoration, and a touch of insanity. When my son started giving us social smiles I use to joke that I would throw myself down the stairs if that meant he would smile again… Although, I may have not been joking. I felt that way going through all of my little one’s milestones. I could just not get enough. Watching him grow has been the best experience. Prior to my son, I use to reminisce and daydream about fun had in the past. That all has changed as I cannot imagine a world without my little guy. He has some how snapped me into the present.

Three Ages of Woman By Gustav Klimt

Although, as evident with how fast this past year has gone, my little guy is not going to be little forever. It makes these pieces of art even more precious as it serves as a reminder that time is fleeting, capture the moment and carry these precious memories with you as your children grow in the future.

To view our fine gallery of statues and fountains head on over to our website. If you have something in mind but cannot find it on the website, feel free to contact us. Our excellent products coupled with our outstanding customer service ensures Statue.com is the best business for statuary and other fine goods.

Reach us by phone Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (CT) 618-692-1121 or Toll-Free at 877-675-2634

Our fax number is 618-692-6775.

Send mail to us at: Statue.com, Inc., 100 N. Main St. Edwardsville, IL 62025.

We’d love to hear from you!

~Kristen

Grande Lascala Fountain

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but it is quickly approaching that time of year again. It is time to start thinking about fountain and statue care when the temperatures take a dive. I know this is hard to believe with temperatures currently in the 90’s. However, autumn and winter will be knocking on our door. It is always good to have a game-plan for protecting beautiful statuary and fountains so you may enjoy them year after year. Luckily, if the statue or fountain is approved for outdoor use there are only simple steps that need to be taken to prevent damage as these sculptures are built with the weather in mind.

One must follow these simple guidelines:

  1. Do not allow water to collect and freeze in fountain bowls or shells
  2.  Do not allow water to collect and freeze in planters, saucers or birdbaths
  3.  Do not allow statuary or pedestals to sit in a pool of ice

Henri Fountain Cover

To avoid ice collecting it is best if you can store your fountain or statue indoors. If this is not an option fill the bowls or shells with an absorbent material such as Henri Underlay, burlap bags, blankets, etc. Should condensation droplets form, they will be absorbed by the material. Then cover the entire fountain with a fountain cover. Statue.com sells many different sizes of  Henri Fountain Covers. These are great covers for protecting your fountain year after year.

Angella Statue With Bowl Birdbath

It is also advisable that the pump is removed from the fountain. Performing routine pump cleaning and patience is always a good idea too. It’s a simple task that requires cleaning the intake area and impeller, especially if the pump has remained idle for a length of time. To do this, remove front pump housing. Brush and/or wipe clean the inside of the housing and the pump’s inner face. Remove the impeller and shaft and rinse, using warm vinegar water or Henri Lime Remover to remove any hard water calcium deposits. Reassemble impeller and housing in reverse order. You can also remove calcium buildup in the bowls and shells with white vinegar. After you apply, run the fountain, the molecules in the water will actually diminish the residue.  In some states, water is really hard making it very difficult to remove residue on any product made out of concrete, but the vinegar will certainly help.

If you have questions about taking care of your fountains or statues, please reach out to us!  We would love to help. To view our fine gallery of statues and fountains head on over to our website. If you have something in mind but cannot find it on the website, feel free to contact us. Our excellent products coupled with our outstanding customer service ensures Statue.com is the best business for statuary and other fine goods.

Reach us by phone Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (CT) 618-692-1121 or Toll-Free at 877-675-2634

Our fax number is 618-692-6775.

Send mail to us at: Statue.com, Inc., 100 N. Main St. Edwardsville, IL 62025.

We’d love to hear from you!

~Kristen

NFL Licensed Benches

A very special event is happening for my husband this week, NFL Opening Day. He gets almost as excited for the return of football as he does Christmas. This year has especially great importance; we recently purchased a new house and he has a ‘man-cave’ to call his own. This was a feature our previous house lacked thus heightening the excitement for the next major sporting event. Listening to him describe how he was going to decorate his new space in time for opening day got the wheels turning in my head. After doing some digging on the Statue.com website I realized, “We have a gallery for that!”

Here it is, the Statue.com Man-Cave Lookbook:

Number One Football Trophy

Showcase your stellar fantasy football picks with this football trophy. This would be a great accent to any big-screen.

Football Player Sculpture

Baseball Player Sculpture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These two sculptures capture the more serious, intense side of the world of sports. Both equally worthy of their spot in the man-cave.

Fisherman’s Mirror

This would look great behind the man-cave bar. It would be sure to spark stories of the fish that got away.

Boxer Butler

What better then to have Man’s Best friend serve you a drink. I can also promise he will get along with everyone on game day.

For more man-cave inspiration head on over to our website to view our fine gallery. If you have something in mind but cannot find it on the website, feel free to contact us. Our excellent products coupled with our outstanding customer service ensures Statue.com is the best business for statuary and other fine goods.

Reach us by phone Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (CT) 618-692-1121 or Toll-Free at 877-675-2634

Our fax number is 618-692-6775.

Send mail to us at: Statue.com, Inc., 100 N. Main St. Edwardsville, IL 62025.

We’d love to hear from you!

~Kristen