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What Is Sculpture?



What Is Sculpture?
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.23

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     challenging words:    bust, busts, creativity, lifelike, maoi, superstitious, realistic, spectacular, mounted, purpose, mysterious, region, mystery, man-made, spiritual, works
     content words:    Stone Age, In Oceania, South Pacific, Easter Island, Middle Ages, Most Lovable Goddess, And Greeks, Most Gullible, Marcel Duchamp, Modern Art


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What Is Sculpture?
By Colleen Messina
  

1     If you have ever made a sand castle, you have made a sculpture. Sculpture is three-dimensional, and a good sculpture can be created out of almost anything.
 
2     Sculpture can be made out of fun items. A good experiment is to try to make one out of Popsicle sticks. Sculpture can also be made from stone, clay, bone, or plastic. Sculptures can express spiritual or symbolic ideas. Sculpture has been used to express creativity for thousands of years.
 
3     Long ago, Stone Age people made statues and carvings of animals and people out of stone and ivory. In Oceania, which is a huge region of islands in the South Pacific, many primitive peoples made statues out of wood, shells, reeds, and volcanic rocks. They may have made sand castles, too, but we will never know!
 
4     It seems as though most of these ancient carvings would be small because it took a great deal of effort for primitive peoples to make them. However, some statues were gigantic. The most spectacular and mysterious statues are giant figures on Easter Island. More than six hundred of these statues or maoi are scattered across this tiny island. These statues look like big heads. They have long faces and big eyes. They are over thirty feet tall. No one knows how they were made. They are a mystery, and the silent stone faces are modestly keeping quiet about themselves.

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