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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v sculpture shape (a material like stone or wood) by whittling away at it "She is sculpting the block of marble into an image of her husband"
    • v sculpture create by shaping stone or wood or any other hard material "sculpt a swan out of a block of ice"
    • n sculpture creating figures or designs in three dimensions
    • n sculpture a three-dimensional work of plastic art
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Colored Sculptures in the Palace Colored Sculptures in the Palace

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bernd Eilts, a German artist, turns dried cow manure into wall clocks and small sculptures. He is now expanding his business to include cow dung wrist watches
    • Sculpture Carved work modeled of, or cut upon, wood, stone, metal, etc. "There, too, in living sculpture, might be seen
      The mad affection of the Cretan queen."
    • Sculpture The art of carving, cutting, or hewing wood, stone, metal, etc., into statues, ornaments, etc., or into figures, as of men, or other things; hence, the art of producing figures and groups, whether in plastic or hard materials.
    • v. t Sculpture To form with the chisel on, in, or from, wood, stone, or metal; to carve; to engrave.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The tallest freestanding sculpture in the world is Chief Crazy Horse in South Dakota, USA
    • n sculpture The act or art of graving or carving; the art of shaping figures or other objects in the round or in relief out of or upon stone or other more or less hard substances. Besides the cutting of forms in marble, stone, wood, etc., the ancient chryselephantine work, etc., it includes modeling in clay, wax, etc., and casting in bronze or any other metal. Sculpture includes also the designing of coins and medals, and glyptics, or the art of gem-engraving. See cut-in next column, and cuts under Assyrian, Chaldean, Egyptian, Greek, Passitelean, Peloponnesian, Phidian, and Rhodian.
    • n sculpture Carved work; any work of sculpture, as a figure or an inscription cut in wood, stone, metal, or other solid substance.
    • n sculpture An engraving; an illustration.
    • n sculpture In zoöl., markings resulting from irregularity of surface or difference in texture of a part; tracery: as, the sculpture of an insect's wing-covers; the sculpture of the plates or shields of a fish; the sculpture of a turtle's shell. The term specially indicates in entomology the arrangement or disposition of such markings, as by furrows, striæ, tubercles, punctures, etc., or the pattern of the resulting ornamentation; it is much used in describing beetles, and all the leading forms of sculpture have technical descriptive names. Also sculpturing.
    • n sculpture See the qualifying words.
    • sculpture To represent in sculpture; carve; grave; form with the chisel or other tool on or in wood, stone, or metal.
    • sculpture To ornament or cover with sculpture or carved work; carve.
    • n sculpture In physical geography, the change of land-forms by natural erosive processes.
    • sculpture In physical geography, to change the forms of (the land) by natural erosive processes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Frederic Remington's sculpture The Bronco Buster has mistake in it: the cowboy is wearing his spurs upside down.
    • n Sculpture skulp′tūr the act of carving figures in wood, stone, &c.: carved-work: an engraving
    • v.t Sculpture to carve: to form, as a piece of sculpture
    • ***


  • Guillaume Apollinaire
    Guillaume Apollinaire
    “A structure becomes architectural, and not sculptural, when its elements no longer have their justification in nature.”
  • Constantin Brancusi
    Constantin Brancusi
    “Architecture is inhabited sculpture.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Sculpture and painting have the effect of teaching us manners and abolishing hurry.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It is not hard to understand modern art. If it hangs on a wall it's a painting, and if you can walk around it it's a sculpture.”
  • Joseph Addison
    “What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to an human soul.”
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
    “Moonlight is sculpture.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. sculptura,: cf. F. sculpture,


In literature:

St. Petersburg is considerably indebted to the art of sculpture: public monuments adorn her squares and gardens.
"Russia" by Various
The chapel is used as a gallery of sculpture, and contains the models of the works of the sculptor Thomas Crawford.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
Architecture, Gothic, sculpture to be in easiest materials, 34.
"A Joy For Ever" by John Ruskin
In the spandrels are a series of deeply-sunk and moulded quatrefoils, two of which contain sculpture.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Durham" by J. E. Bygate
And then, as she came to a sudden stop, it fell around her in graceful folds and she looked like a very beautiful sculptured figure.
"Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks" by Bracebridge Hemyng
The Vatican museum of sculpture is the richest in the world.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
He is the god of sculpture.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
Earth is like a gallery of sculpture.
"Seen and Unseen" by E. Katharine Bates
In the first hall he found himself surrounded by the sculptured records of the empire.
"Anecdotes of Painters, Engravers, Sculptors and Architects, and Curiosities of Art, (Vol. 2 of 3)" by Shearjashub Spooner
But this, after all, though the most obvious and easy use of Painting and Sculpture, is far indeed from being their highest end.
"Thomas Davis, Selections from his Prose and Poetry" by Thomas Davis
Pictures I do not care about, for I can protect them, but not sculpture.
"On the Old Road, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by John Ruskin
Suddenly she arrived where a sculptured stone lay in the pathway.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858" by Various
The great Arabian hound had caught his eye as soon as he entered the hall of sculpture.
"The Nabob, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Alphonse Daudet
The government of Denmark sent a royal frigate to Leghorn to bring Thorvaldsen and all his sculptures back to his native land.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
There is an art of confectionery and an art of sculpture.
"The Gate of Appreciation" by Carleton Noyes
The external sculpture is in the main restrained and delicate, and the general proportions are excellent.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
The pointed arches and rude sculpture at the entrance doors showed great antiquity, but the northern wall had been rebuilt in 1680.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
This particular organ-case is richly sculptured with foliage and figures of men, demons, and what not.
"The Cathedrals and Churches of the Rhine" by Francis Miltoun
The northern facade is richer in sculptural details than the western, though the portal possesses but one row of statues.
"The Cathedrals of Northern Spain" by Charles Rudy
The finest of the Greek sculptures is the head of a youth found in the orchestra of the theatre at a depth of 23 ft.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4" by Various

In poetry:

Many centuries have been numbered
Since in death the baron slumbered
By the convent's sculptured portal,
Mingling with the common dust:
"The Norman Baron" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"But poesy, painting and sculpture
"Survive with imperishing charms—
"Then glory to glory!—a triumph
"Of art to the triumph of arms.
"The Painter Of Florence" by Ernest Jones
Dead Petra in her hill-tomb sleeps,
Her stones of emptiness remain;
Around her sculptured mystery sweeps
The lonely waste of Edom's plain.
""The Rock" In El Ghor" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I gazed into his open tomb—
A low-browed vault of charnel gloom—
Where his ancestors' dust had room—
No high mausolic sculptured tomb.
"Reminiscences of The "Hie Toon" of Hamilton Sixty Years Ago" by Janet Hamilton
And thou, O Land he loved, rejoice
That in the countless years to come,
Whenever Freedom needs a voice,
These sculptured lips shall not be dumb!
"One Of The Signers" by John Greenleaf Whittier
True, oft by her the bard discovers
He's stript of all he once possest;
But then, just like your sculpture-lovers,
She likes her idols naked, best.
"The Darling" by Joseph Skipsey

In news:

In this Oct 2007 photo, French-born artist Louise Bourgeois ' sculpture of a giant spider, Maman 1999, stands outside the Tate Modern in London.
The sculpture measures close to 14 feet, according to Heiner.
Christy Chambers works on covering the bull sculpture with knitted and crocheted material at Los Angeles Pierce College on Nov 5, 2011.
Sculptures Influenced by Nature at Powell Gardens.
A visitors view ice sculptures at Yanqing Ice Festival also for the Chinese Lantern Festival which falls on February 6 and traditionally marks the end of the Lunar New Year celebrations on February 6, 2012 in Beijing, China.
Views of the garden sculptures placed on the east side of the Centerville square have been mixed.
Get funktified on BAM's new rooftop sculpture garden.
A Graceful Sculpture's Showy Snow Crash.
Enlarge Sally Finneran [email protected] Bonnie Raitt performs Friday, August 17, 2012 at Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture park.
When not designing buildings and homes, Larry Pickering constructs sculptures that celebrate natural materials.
Taylor Baldwin exhibits his largest sculpture show at LOT.
Family guest house as livable sculpture.
Sculpture Key West opens Dec 1 at Fort Zach.
Workshop teaches the art of hand-tool stone sculpture.
Ice Sculptures by Ward Hine .

In science:

It involves h-processes This section is devoted to the proof of the linearization. theory and “sculpture” of a typical deep valley.
Limit laws for transient random walks in random environment on $\z$
Sculptured thin films (STFs) exemplify metamaterials.
Thin-Film Metamaterials called Sculptured Thin Films
Origin and evolution of sculptured thin films. J.
Thin-Film Metamaterials called Sculptured Thin Films
Vacuum deposition of chiral sculptured thin films with high optical activity.
Thin-Film Metamaterials called Sculptured Thin Films
Growth of sculptured polymer submicronwire assemblies by vapor deposition.
Thin-Film Metamaterials called Sculptured Thin Films
Nominal model for the optical response of a chiral sculptured thin film infiltrated by an isotropic chiral fluid.
Thin-Film Metamaterials called Sculptured Thin Films
Nominal model for the optical response of a chiral sculptured thin film infiltrated by an isotropic chiral fluid—oblique incidence.
Thin-Film Metamaterials called Sculptured Thin Films
Low–permittivity materials using sculptured thin film technology. J.
Thin-Film Metamaterials called Sculptured Thin Films
Towards piezoelectrically tunable chiral sculptured thin film lasers.
Thin-Film Metamaterials called Sculptured Thin Films
On piezoelectric control of the optical response of sculptured thin films. J.
Thin-Film Metamaterials called Sculptured Thin Films
Multiple trains of same–color surface plasmon– polaritons guided by the planar interface of a metal and a sculptured nematic thin film. J.
Thin-Film Metamaterials called Sculptured Thin Films
Multiple trains of same–color surface plasmon– polaritons guided by the planar interface of a metal and a sculptured nematic thin film.
Thin-Film Metamaterials called Sculptured Thin Films
On the surface plasmon polariton wave at the planar interface of a metal and a chiral sculptured thin film.
Thin-Film Metamaterials called Sculptured Thin Films
Multiple trains of same–color surface plasmon– polaritons guided by the planar interface of a metal and a sculptured nematic thin film.
Thin-Film Metamaterials called Sculptured Thin Films
Prospects for nanowire sculptured-thin-film devices. J.
Thin-Film Metamaterials called Sculptured Thin Films