There is art, there is monumental and there is monumental art. Very famous among the Greeks and the Romans, this kind of discipline has had a long history and is still evolving thanks to renowned artists and curators. Nowadays, monumental sculptures still enhance the streets.
BEGINNING AND EVOLUTION OF MONUMENTAL ART
From its beginnings to the present day, sculpture has always been part of monumental art. For thousands of years, sculpture has fulfilled many roles in human life. The first sculpture was probably made to provide magical help to hunters. After the dawn of civilization, statues represented the gods. Ancient kings, perhaps in the hope of making themselves immortal, were sculpted and portrait sculpture was born. The Greeks made statues representing perfectly formed men and women. The early Christians decorated churches with demons and devils, reminding the many faithful who could neither read nor write of the presence of evil. The appearance of many sculptors today and curators such as the Galeries Estades shows the evolution of monumental art.
THE MOST FAMOUS MONUMENTAL SCULPTURES
The Thinker is, without a doubt, one of the most famous monumental sculptures in the world. It depicts a naked man sitting on a rock, bent forward with his elbow on his knee and his chin resting on his hand, representing a deep thought. On permanent display in the Louvre Museum, the Aphrodite de Milos, better known as the Venus de Milo, is a marble statue from ancient Greece and perhaps the most famous of its kind. The monument of Christopher Columbus is the nearly 60-metre high one topped by a 7-metre high bronze statue of Christopher Columbus to whom it is dedicated. The Virgin of Mas Rillier is the highest statue in France. It is in Miribel, in the Ain. It is nearly 33 meters high, is made of concrete and is now listed as a Historic Monument.
IS MONUMENTAL ART MORE ALIVE THAN EVER?
Although most of the monumental sculptures that decorate streets and spaces have not been made recently, specialists and amateurs are doing everything to preserve them and to showcase promising artists. Galeries Estades, for example, launched the monumental art project in 2012, with a special department. This project consists of showcasing the talents of certain sculptors such as Sylvie Mangaud, Mazel & Jalix, Geymann or Dauga & Findji by decorating parks, gardens and hotels. Potential buyers will be able to buy them wherever they are.