Size matters: sculpture scale speaks volumes

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Deborah Stone

In the Alice-in-Wonderland world of contemporary sculpture, scale is distorted to give us giant cartoon characters and miniature nudes, a powerful counterpoint to traditional monumentalism.

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Gill Gatfield, x, 73 x 73 x 10cm, Granite, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2013. Photo Samantha Burns

Ours is not an age of gods or heroes so what we choose to place on a pedestal – literally and figuratively – is monument to our sense of self.

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Deborah Stone is Editor of ArtsHub.