Monday, March 27, 2006

Relief sculpture: a term from art and physical geography

Three bearded figures
Originally uploaded by k-1976.
Relief is the amount that a landform rises or sinks beneath the plain. Relief sculpture juts away from its background in the same way that a mountain forges upward from its connection with the earth.

To try a simple piece of sculpture is to really appreciate the people who practice this art in the public eye. To attempt sculpture might be to discover a hidden talent, too.

This summer I visited William Joyce's office to see the progress of his various movie projects. At one desk was a young artist sculpting a movie character from clay. The figure was about a foot high. It was a reminder that sculptors are important in entertainment and communications as well as in public art.

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