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The last Saturday of April will celebrate International Sculpture Day. three-dimensional, body-like objects in the visual arts. Reason enough, this artistic event, 2021 on April 24 falls in the calendar of the curious public holidays from around the world to tell his story to take and below. What is it about?

Who started the International Sculpture Day?

In contrast to many of the other curious celebrations and action days gathered here, the origins of International Sculpture Day are relatively well documented.

This worldwide day of honor for sculpture in the fine arts goes back to an initiative by the International Sculpture Center (ISC) and the year 2015. At least this is the earliest mention of this event on the official website of the event (see the list of further links below).

The International Sculpture Center is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1960 by Elden Tefft at the University of Kansas to promote the social role of the visual arts and sculpture. The ISC’s current headquarters are in Hamilton, New Jersey.

When do you celebrate International Sculpture Day?

In contrast, in the course of the research for the present article, I was unable to find out why the initiators opted for the flexible date of the last Saturday in April, of all things.

Whether the founding of the organization or the World Veterinary Day, also celebrated on the last Saturday in April, or the international Save The Frogs Day, played a role, remains unclear. So that nobody can say that he / she did not know anything about today’s Sculpture Day, the following is an overview of the upcoming dates for the next ten years:

  • Saturday April 27, 2019
  • Saturday April 25, 2020
  • Saturday April 24th 2021
  • Saturday April 30th 2022
  • Saturday April 29, 2023
  • Saturday April 27, 2024
  • Saturday, April 26, 2025
  • Saturday, April 25, 2026
  • Saturday April 24, 2027
  • Saturday April 29, 2028
  • Saturday, April 28, 2029
  • Saturday 27 April 2030

However, this does not change the fact that today’s event – despite its relatively short existence – can point to an international success story. Participating artists from over 20 nations are registered for the 2017 edition, who will make their studios, works, etc. accessible to the public on the occasion of International Sculpture Day.

Sculpture Quotes on International Sculpture Day

1. “The statue lies hid in a block of marble; and the art of the statuary only clears away the superfluous matter, and removes the rubbish.” – Joseph Addison

2. “I was born December 21, 1917, in Cologne, on the Rhine, the son of the sculptor and cabinet-maker, Viktor Boell, and his wife, Maria, nee Hermanns.” – Heinrich Boll

3. “Sculpture occupies real space like we do… you walk around it and relate to it almost as another person or another object.” – 

4. “Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor.” – Alexis Carrel

5. “If the world would only build temples to Machinery in the abstract then everything would be perfect. The painter and sculptor would have plenty to do, and could, in complete peace and suitably honored, pursue their trade without further trouble.” – Wyndham Lewis

6. “There’s always constantly interesting things to do, and who knows, maybe I will be a good sculptor. I haven’t decided what I am going to do next, but I am not going to quit just because I did something interesting.” – Chris Hadfield

7. “The sculptor who deals with form seeks to imprison beauty in a marble statue that will withstand the ravages of time during millenniums; but a marble statue is cold and speaks to but a few of the most evolved who are able to infuse the statue with their own life.” – Max Heindel

8. “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” – Michelangelo

9. “Some directors were brilliant in the silent era but never felt at home in sound. It’s like a sculptor being forced to take up painting.” – Kevin Brownlow

10. “My dad is a sculptor and a painter, and mum runs an art gallery, which sells beautiful jewelry and ceramics and paintings – local and international.” – Sam Palladio

11. “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” – Michelangelo

12. “I realized early on that if I became an actor, I could play a writer and a sculptor and a painter and be all the things you just don’t have time to be in your lifetime. I could get to learn about all of them.” – Harry Dean Stanton

13. “My dad’s wife, my stepmom, is a serious painter. My dad also paints. My mother is a brilliant sculptor, and her husband is a sculptor.” – Peter Heller

14. “She is angle. I am curve. Together, we are geometric sculpture, and we make perfect sense.” – Ellen Hopkins

15. “The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed – it is a process of elimination.” – Elbert Hubbard

16. “Then sculpture and her sister arts revived; stones leaped to form, and rocks began to live.” – Alexander Pope

17. “Everything is sculpture. Any material, any idea without hindrance born into space, I consider sculpture.” – Isamu Noguchi

18. “Has the painter not always gone to an art school, or at least to an established master, for instruction? And the composer, the sculptor, the architect? Then why not the writer? Good poets, like good hybrid corn, are both born and made.” – Paul Engle

19. “One can easily tell that the creator of the paintings in the Sistine Chapel was above all a sculptor.” – Edvard Munch

20. “All works of nature created by God in heaven and on earth are works of sculpture.” – Benvenuto Cellini

21. “I think size is the most unused quotient in the sculptor’s repertoire because it requires lots of commitment and time. To me it’s the best tool. With size you get space and atmosphere: atmosphere becomes volume. You stand in the shape, in the zone.” – Michael Heizer

22. “I’m not a sculptor; I’m a hard-edged model maker. You give me a drawing, you give me a prop to replicate, you give me a crane, scaffolding, parts from ‘Star Wars’ – especially parts from ‘Star Wars’ – I can do this stuff all day long. It’s exactly how I made my living for 15 years.” – Adam Savage

23. “We take what we think are the tools of spiritual transformation into our own hands and try to sculpt ourselves into robust Christlike specimens. But spiritual transformation is primarily the work of the Holy Spirit. He is the Master Sculptor.” – Jerry Bridges

24. “That is how America gets her art: Contracting firms get the contract and the honor. Starving artists do the work. The government pays for sculpturing thousands of dollars, of which the sculptor gets a hundred or so.” – Gutzon Borglum

25. “A sculptor is a person who is interested in the shape of things, a poet in words, a musician by sounds.” – Henry Moore

26. “Art is an expression of who you are. Parts that I play are my sculptures.” – Kim Cattrall

27. “I say that the art of sculpture is eight times as great as any other art based on drawing, because a statue has eight views and they must all be equally good.” – Benvenuto Cellini

28. “Any working composer or painter or sculptor will tell you that inspiration comes at the eighth hour of labour rather than as a bolt out of the blue. We have to get our vanities and our preconceptions out of the way and do the work in the time allotted.” – John Williams

29. “When men are prosperous, they are in love with life. Nature grows beautiful, the arts begin to flourish, there is work for painter and sculptor, the poet is born, the stage is erected – and this life with which men are in love is represented in a thousand forms.” – Robert Green Ingersoll

30. “I think I understand something about space. I think the job of a sculptor is spatial as much as it is to do with form.” – Anish Kapoor

31. “Emmitt Smith has run past legends, danced with stars and posed for the sculptor crafting his Hall of Fame bust. He’s built upon his athletic talents by working hard, seizing opportunities and reaching out to others for advice when he needed it.” – Don Yaeger

32. “Cutting into color reminds me of the sculptor’s direct carving.” – Henri Matisse

33. “I paint and work as a sculptor, and I see architecture as an art… If you follow this approach you can use techniques to the service of man and to the service of an artistic idea, and beauty.” – 

34. “Sculpture and painting have the effect of teaching us manners and abolishing hurry.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

35. “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” – Michelangelo

36. “I like to think of myself as kind of a sculptor, only I sculpt people.” – Kathleen Quinlan

37. “Being a sculptor who uses found objects, all the objects I use in my work have been designed by other people. So I’m tweaking them in some way by squashing them or throwing them off cliffs! Then I formalise my damage by suspending them or arranging them in some kind of way. So I’m using other people’s design in a way, so I’m an ‘un-maker.'” – Cornelia Parker

38. “Sculpture is made by taking away, while painting is made by adding.” – Michelangelo

39. “My background is in art. I was a painter and an occasional sculptor, and I really like materials – you know, stuff. Physical objects. The world and the trees and the sunshine and the flowers. And all of that doesn’t seem to really exist out in the ether of the Internet.” – Caterina Fake

40. “I like the idea of being a sculptor. Just me alone, making something – that solitary existence.” – Ewan McGregor

41. “With a painter or a sculptor, one cannot begin to alter his works, but an architect has to put up with anything, because he makes utility objects – the building is there to be used, and times change.” – Arne Jacobsen

42. “And the sculptor woman was so clever in the way she did it. She had the beret just about to leave my hand. So it’s attached to this finger and that’s what will keep it there. And I’m looking up at it, so there’s no question but that that beret is going to fly.” – Mary Tyler Moore

43. “The best artist has that thought alone Which is contained within the marble shell; The sculptor’s hand can only break the spell To free the figures slumbering in the stone.” – Michelangelo

44. “Sculpture is a parable in three dimensions, a symbol of a spiritual experience, and a means of conveying truth by concentrating its essence into visible form. … It must be the reflection of the artist who creates it and of the era in which he lives, not an echo or a memory of other days and other ways.” – Malvina Hoffman

45. “I was practically driven to Rome in order to obtain the opportunities for art culture and to find a social atmosphere where I was not constantly reminded of my color. The land of liberty had no room for a colored sculptor.” – Edmonia Lewis

46. “My dad’s great. He’s an amazing artist. A sculptor. He’s wonderful and supportive. I love going to museums with him – we talk about… everything.” – Grace Gummer

47. “In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.” – Michelangelo

48. “The idea of being a painter, I’ve always thought, is better than being an artist or a sculptor.” – Damien Hirst

49. “As picture teaches the colouring, so sculpture the anatomy of form.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

50. “A sculptor is a person obsessed with the form and the shape of things, and it’s not just Ihe shape of any one thing, but the shape of any thing and everything.” – Henry Moore

51. “The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.” – Michelangelo

52. “A painter, a sculptor, a writer, they can express freely. They don’t affect society as a whole. We build buildings that have a purpose, that stay there for hundreds of years or decades.” – Moshe Safdie

53. “The painter, sculptor, writer, and musician are protected by law. So are inventors. But the chef has absolutely no redress for plagiarism on his work; on the contrary, the more the latter is liked and appreciated, the more will people clamour for his recipes.” – Auguste Escoffier

54. “No person who is not a great sculptor or painter can be an architect. If he is not a sculptor or painter, he can only be a builder.” – John Ruskin

55. “to give life to sculpture I found it must have a pulse, a breathing quality that could change in a flash, and it must never appear static, hard, or unrevealing. All these demands formed themslves in my thoughts, and became like an endless obsession.” – Malvina Hoffman

56. “If Mr. Obama could walk across the Peace Bridge in Hiroshima – whose balustrades were designed by the Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi as a reminder both of his ties to East and West and of what humans do to one another out of hatred – it would be both a real and a symbolic step toward creating a world that knows no fear of nuclear threat.” – Issey Miyake

57. “I sometimes wonder if the hand is not more sensitive to the beauties of sculpture than the eye. I should think the wonderful rhythmical flow of lines and curves could be more subtly felt than seen. Be this as it may, I know that I can feel the heart-throbs of the ancient Greeks in their marble gods and goddesses.” – Helen Keller

58. “It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak or write very often about his job. It releases tension needed for his work.” – Henry Moore

59. “I think a businessman can be an artist just as much as a writer or a sculptor, so I’m real proud of what the company has become.” – Phil Knight

60. “In my opinion, long and intense study of the human figure is the necessary foundation for a sculptor.” – Henry Moore

61. “Sculpture is the art of the hole and the lump.” – Auguste Rodin

62. “For a sculptor, a painter, a weaver, a potter, the dialogue between one’s materials and what one makes from them is easy to see: discover a new material or a new way to use a familiar one, and new things can be made, sometimes leading to the discovery of more new material, leading to more creation.” – Andrea Barrett

63. “I would have loved to have been a painter or a sculptor. I’m still fascinated by those things.” – Ben Whishaw

64. “My drawings are the result of my sculpture.” – Auguste Rodin

65. “I got into architecture via fine arts, and I was a sculptor myself, and I have always involved artists in my projects. When I say ‘involved,’ I mean I always bring artists in at the beginning projects before they’re built and say, ‘Will you do a room? Will you do a sculpture floating in mid-air? Will you make a chimney? Will you do something?'” – Peter Marino

66. “I’ve had shows as a painter, as a photographer, I’ve done shows as a sculptor. I’ve done a lot of different things and it all comes from experiences that you have in your life, in your creative environment. They all help – I don’t even know if they help; maybe they make it worse but they all influence each other, for sure.” – Norman Reedus

67. “Despite all the silver of Diana and Mercury, their images will be found on the lake. For the sculptor looking for new clay, he and his people will be flooded with gold.” – Nostradamus

68. “When people say, ‘Who are you?’ I’m a sculptor and a painter. That’s how I define myself. The acting is fun, and I hope to leave behind a couple things in my life of dramatic integrity and art.” – Michael Horse

69. “I use my hands like a sculptor, to mold and shape the sound I want, to clarify.” – Leonard Slatkin

70. “Painting and sculpture help other people to see what a wonderful world we live in.” – Henry Moore

71. “The sculptor does not work for the anatomist, but for the common observer of life and nature.” – John Ruskin

72. “The project which we developed, however, was for a sound piece and I was initially curious that a sculptor should be interested in working with a musician, especially on a project for radio.” – Gavin Bryars

73. “The essence of sculpture is for me the perception of space, the continuum of our existence.” – Isamu Noguchi

74. “Sculpture is a series of 3-dimensional shapes which, while fitting together, cause the perception of lines to the viewer, even where they do not exist.” – Edward J. Fraughton

75. “As paradoxical as it may seem a great sculptor is as much a colourist as the best painter, or rather the best engraver. He plays so skillfully with all the resources of relief, he blends so well the boldness of light with the modesty of shadow, that his sculptures please one, as much as the most charming etchings.” – Auguste Rodin

76. “It is a great privilege to be able to work with, and I suppose work off, my feelings through sculpture.” – Louise Bourgeois

77. “To me, form doesn’t always follow function. Form has a life of its own, and at times, it may be the motivating force in design. When you’re dealing with form as a sculptor, you feel that you are quite free in attempting to mould and shape things you want to do, but in architecture, it’s much more difficult because it has to have a function.” – I. M. Pei

78. “I had wanted to be a sculptor throughout life, but to do so, I had to stop painting.” – Fernando Botero

79. “So what we have tried to do in our later buildings is to try to be completely consistent, as a painter is consistent or as a sculptor is consistent. Architecture also must be very consistent.” – Minoru Yamasaki

80. “I think a lot of times we think of music as being different from other art forms. You would never ask a sculptor or painter, ‘Go paint this because you’ll get paid more,’ you know what I mean?” – Jose James

81. “I work a little bit like a sculptor. When I start, my first idea for a building is with the material. I believe architecture is about that. It’s not about paper, it’s not about forms. It’s about space and material.” – Peter Zumthor

82. “The great poet is a great artist. He is painter and sculptor. The greatest pictures and statues have been painted and chiseled with words. They outlast all others.” – Robert Green Ingersoll

83. “The sculptor Frosty Myers and I met when we were bidding against each other at an auction. He’s an eccentric, a liberal with a collection of rifles, and his stuff is big art. We share a love of tractors. I’m trading him one for a piece of art.” – Mark Ruffalo

84. “I can’t sculpt. But if I were a sculptor, as you start to get something that actually looks like what you want, then it starts to be fun. That’s the way I find writing.” – Stanley A. McChrystal

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