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Stephen Otten unveils his sculpture "David"

Stephen Otten unveils his sculpture “David”

Statue.com’s Gloria and Ann had the pleasure of attending the unveiling of a special sculpture. It is quite unusual to see this type of sculpture done within the United States, much less in the Midwest. The sculptor’s material of choice was bonded marble, more commonly used in Italy.

The building material is not the only special attribute of the sculpture. The statue unveiled was crafted by Steve Otten. His ambition was inspired by famous sculptor Michelangelo and his rendition of David during a trip to Italy. This trip came at a special point in Otten’s life as he was suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome from his career as a Navy SEAL. After his trip, Otten focused his energy upon studying and training at local community colleges and an art studio. Working on his sculpture has helped him cope with his experience of war and provided an outlet for a passion and determination.

Unveiling of Steve Otten's David

Unveiling of Steve Otten’s David

The beauty of art is that it can transcend just aesthetics and take on an element of healing and hope. We believe Steve Otten has proven just that.

Furthermore, we are proud to include many sculptures and other art-forms to express gratitude of our veterans and those currently serving. Head on over to Statue.com to see our entire 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 online store 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.

Email us at kristen@statue.com

Our fax number is 618-692-6775.

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

Our excellent products coupled with our outstanding customer service ensures Statue.com is the best business for statuary and other fine goods.

We’d love to hear from you!

~Kristen

Statue Sale

Veterans Day Sale

The Statue.com Gallery has a wide range of casting materials to fit any decor need. Sometimes those choices can be a bit overwhelming. What is the difference between cast-stone or designer-resin? How about Tuffstone or Durastone? What materials work well for outside compared to materials that will reside indoors? We will help you step by step to understanding the different materials and choose the perfect one for your needs.

Bonded Carrara Marble

Florentine Pieta Michelangelo Statue 12

Florentine Pieta Michelangelo Statue 12″ High

The Northern Italian quarry of Carrara is noted for the white marble produced. The marble resin compound is created by crushing small pieces of Carrara marble that are not otherwise usable. The resin gives the marble powder an added strength superior to the natural stone. The statues consist of approximately 70% – 80% marble powder and the remainder being resin. Bonded marble compares favorably to its natural marble counterpart. The surface texture is nearly identical. The coloring of bonded marble is a consistent white whereas the natural Carrara marble is slightly off white with subtle gray streaking in some cases. It weighs approximately 90% of the weight of natural marble but is superior in strength.

Does the famous Renaissance artist Michelangelo Buonarroti ring a bell? Michelangelo used Carrara marble as his preferred sculpting material, including The Pieta and The David.

The care of Bonded Carrara Marble is fairly simple and usually just requires a simple dusting from time to time. It is significantly less porous than pure marble.

Designer-Resin

Athenian Wing Sculpted Wall Frieze

Athenian Wing Sculpted Wall Frieze

These sculptures are created by casting products of fiberglass resin, (a very durable synthetic polymer), in well-made molds. One of the most suitable casting materials for outdoor/indoor use. These pieces weather well in rain but when the temperatures dip below freezing it is best to bring them indoors.

Designer Resin is also significantly lighter than it’s cousin cast stone, thus reducing shipping costs. The finish of these pieces are easily customized.

Stay tuned for our next blog where we discuss Tuffstone and Durastone!

Head on over to Statue.com to see our entire collection. If you have something in mind but cannot find it on the website, feel free to contact us. Have questions about our casting material, get in touch! 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.

Email us at kristen@statue.com

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

 

 

Statue Meme

“There are so many marbleous statues in Greece… but a lot of people take them for granite.”

Have you seen the statue memes floating around on the internet? We have a few pinned on our Pinterest page. In case you are not familiar with a ‘meme,’ in this instance it takes the form of an image that is usually humorous and is viral on the internet.

The David Michelangelo

Statue.com’s Favorite Meme ‘David with Surfboard’

Honestly, I love a good meme. I might even be addicted. What is not to love about a lighthearted chuckle? In addition to the hilarity, they are really fun to create. Check out The David’s awesome sun glasses and surfboard. He is ready for a day at the beach.

While these images are all in good fun, it is important to remember the artistry behind the actual sculptures. Sculptors of all different ages poured their souls into their creations. They were artistic geniuses of their time. A good laugh is always nice but we do take their artistic creations seriously. The heart and soul of the sculptor’s vision is what Statue.com is all about. We would never want to belittle that. So, we love a good laugh but we equally love the meaning behind the statuary. Like everything in life there needs to be a good balance.

What do you think: statue memes funny or do they undermine the artistic genius?

Be sure to  head on over to our website to view our fine gallery of sculptures, fountains and garden accessories.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.

Email us at sales@statue.com

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

If there ever were a ‘Renaissance Man,’ Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni would be it. History has proven a man as well versed in architecture, sculpture, poetry, and engineering only requires one notorious name, Michelangelo. He was the first Western artist whose biography was published while he was still alive, a testament to his impact on society. With two skillful hands and a brilliant mind, he left a permanent mark on the world.

Bacchus of Wine by Michelangelo

 Through his twenties Michelangelo was working on his most notable sculptures, showcasing his lasting impact. At the ripe age of 21 he was commissioned to do a piece for Cardinal Raffaele Riario. Upon completion his interpretation of Bacchus of Wine was rejected by the Cardinal. Nonetheless, the statue became apart of Michelangelo’s well known repertoire. Through intricate detail, Michelangelo depicts the physical and mental state of the subject. The backward drooping left shoulder, the listless tilt of the head, the utterly relaxed left arm clasping the bunch of grapes, the belly protruding above unsteady legs, the face transformed by a vacuous gaze, the parted lips, the expressionless features fixed upon the cup which is wearily supported by his right arm, all speak of a mind and body dulled by inebriation. To a classical form Michelangelo has added his own interpretation, displaying a marvelous sensitivity to the expressiveness of the human body. This is a theme that will continue on through the rest of his work.

Full Scale Pieta by Michelangelo

Four years later, Michelangelo was was commissioned to do a life size sculpture of the Virgin Mary holding her son in her arms. It would be the first of four that he would create and the only one he completely finished. The Pieta was to be unveiled in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Jubilee of 1500. In less than two years Michelangelo carved from a single slab of marble, the most magnificent sculpture ever created. Michelangelo decided to create a youthful, serene and celestial Virgin Mary instead of a broken hearted and somewhat older woman. When it was unveiled a proud Michelangelo stood by and watched as people admired the beautiful Pieta. What was pride turned into anger as he overheard a group of people attributing the work to other artists of his time. That anger caused Michelangelo to add one last thing to his sculpture. Going down the sash on the Virgin Mary, Michelangelo carved his name. He later regretted that his emotions got the best of him and vowed to never sign another one of his works again.

David by Michelangelo

A year after the Jubilee Michelangelo would be commissioned to sculpt quite possibly his most famous statue (And a Statue.com favorite). The commission was sponsored by by the Arte della Lana, who were responsible for the upkeep and the decoration of the Cathedral in Florence. For this purpose, he was given a block of marble which Agostino di Duccio had already attempted to fashion forty years previously, perhaps with the same subject in mind. Michelangelo broke away from the traditional way of representing David. He does not present a winner, the giant’s head at his feet and the powerful sword in his hand. Rather, he portrayed the youth as tense with a sense of gathering power immediately preceding the battle. Perhaps he has caught him just in the moment when he has heard that his people are hesitating, and he sees Goliath jeering and mocking them. Michelangelo places him in the most perfect contraposto, as in the most beautiful Greek representations of heroes. The right-hand side of the statue is smooth and composed while the left-hand side, from the outstretched foot all the way up to the disheveled hair is openly active and dynamic. The muscles and the tendons are developed only to the point where they can still be interpreted as the perfect instrument for a strong will, and not to the point of becoming individual self-governing forms. Once the statue was completed, a committee of the highest ranking citizens and artists decided that it must be placed in the main square of the town, in front of the Palazzo Vecchio, the Town Hall. It was the first time since antiquity that a large statue of a nude was to be exhibited in a public place.

Dying Slave by Michelangelo

Dying Slave by Michelangelo

Michelangelo has many other notable sculptural projects that were largely unfinished. The classic statue of the dying slave, expresses the soul’s struggle for freedom. Magnificently sculpted for the tomb of Pope Julius II in 1513. The project was never completed. In 1546, Michelangelo gave this nude male statue along with its companion statue, the Rebellious Slave, to Ruberto Strozzi, who in turn presented them to King Francois I of France.

Michelangelo devoted the middle to end of his career towards painting, architecture and poetry.