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Gabrielle Clermont and Karly Boileau | December 22, 2020

#MuseumfromHome DIY is a series of curated content just for you with each post focusing on a new theme.

Sculpture is one of the most fascinating art forms. Because of its 3D nature, the work naturally invites the viewer into deeper participation, affording us more alternate perspectives than some other forms of art. Join us this week as we celebrate sculpture! 

On Thursday July 16th (7-8pm), you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a virtual sculptural creation with soundscape by artists Gary Kirkham, Pam Patel, Bó Bardós, and Nick Storring. Witness the art, then stick around as we discuss the joys and challenges of interdisciplinary collaboration during the pandemic. This is a free, online event. To attend, register here 

Check out past installations in Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, a space dedicated to some of the largest contemporary sculptural and site-specific installations exhibited in the 21st century. For a more in-depth overview of one artist's installation, watch theEYE episode on Anish Kapoor (see link below in Bonus Content). 

Sculpture by the Sea, now in its 24th year, is an annual outdoor exhibition dedicated to large-scale sculpture in Sydney, Australia along the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk. Check out the website to see past installations. Or check out the highlights video from 2019. 

Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre (Sharmanka is the Russian word for 'Barrel-Organ') is a collaboration between sculptor-mechanic Eduard Bersudsky, theatre director Tatyana Jakovskaya, and light and sound designer, Sergey Javoysky. Their creation involves hundreds of carved figures and pieces of old scrap that perform "an incredible choreography to haunting music and synchronized light, telling the funny and tragic stories of the human spirit and its struggle against the relentless circles of life and death." While you cannot visit it in Glasgow, Scotland at the moment, you can see Merry-Go-World on video. 

Learn about Baroque sculptor and architect, Gian Lorenzo Bernini with this short video from Smarthistory and after you're done, watch one artist's contemporary interpretation of Bernini's work in The Cardboard Bernini (See link below in Bonus Content). 

Get crafty with these 13 Easy 3D Art and Sculpture Crafts for kids and parents.

Bonus Content**

This episode of theEYE follows Anish Kapoor through his process of making Marsyas, a large sculptural installation commissioned in 2002 as part of the Unilever Series for the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern. 

The Cardboard Bernini documents the work of artist James Grashow who spent 4 years creating a giant cardboard fountain inspired by the work of Baroque artist, Gian Lorenzo Bernini. 

Episode 13 of How to Look at and Understand Great Art is a great primer on sculpture: Salt Cellars to Monuments

Eva Hesse: The Life and Work of an American Sculptor is a documentary that profiles artist, Eve Hesse, one of the few women to make work that was taken seriously in a field dominated by male pop artists and minimalists in the downtown New York Art Scene in the 1960s. 

Complete a number of fun projects with your kids with the step-by-step instructions provided in the book: Cool Sculpture: the Art of Creativity for Kids! 

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