The New Architectural Sculpture

The New Architectural Sculpture

The New Architectural Sculpture

The New Architectural Sculpture

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The present century may boast of being one of the greatest architectural periods in history, judged merely by the size and number of buildings that have been erected; and the recently formulated programs of public works in Europe and America give assurance that the development will soon be accelerated. But architects, and to an increasing extent the communities for which they are working, are not satisfied with this distinction. They visualize buildings that will meet the most rigorous tests of both utility and beauty. The problem of utility is primarily an engineering one; but in the realization of beauty our architects, profiting from the experience of the greatest building epochs of the past, are wisely inviting the coöperation of other artists: landscape designers, painters and sculptors. This book attempts to describe and analyze the various ways in which architects and sculptors are helping and may help one another.

It is frankly not encyclopaedic, but selective. From the rich variety of architectural sculpture designed during the past twenty years certain examples have been chosen which seem unusually significant, not only because of their intrinsic technical excellence and their satisfactory relationship to the buildings they decorate, but also because of their relevance to modern life and thought. I have paid little attention to sculpture which is frankly an adaptation of classical, Renaissance and Gothic prototypes. However admirable such work may be, it already belongs to an era of eclecticism that is rapidly disappearing. This book is primarily concerned with that sculpture, more . . .

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