Third Time’s the Charm

It’s amazing to think that Michelangelo’s sculpture of David was just a giant slab of marble at one point. Interestingly enough, though, when Michelangelo began sculpting David’s infamous figure, two other artists had already attempted to sculpt the marble and left it unfinished.

40 years prior to Michelangelo beginning David, Agostino di Duccio had begun sculpting a figure in the same marble. It’s believed that Agostino’s inexperience with large scale figure sculpture was the main reason for his abandoning the marble piece.

The marble sat unused for almost 10 years before Antonio Rossellino decided to take a crack at it in 1475. He is believed to have left the marble unfinished because of its unstable and delicate nature. He believed the marble seemed unable to support any sculpture carved into it, so it was left unfinished yet again.

Michelangelo came around some time later in 1501, at only 26 years old, and worked with the marble for three years. His hard work clearly paid off, resulting in the widely acclaimed representation of David of Goliath. To add to his success, he also completed the statue without adding more marble or significantly cutting it down.

This piece helped Michelangelo secure his place in the art community, showing his true mastery for sculpture. He would go on to complete the Sistine Chapel and become one of the most celebrated artists of not only his time, but of history as well.

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Paperlympics

The Olympics may begin with a torch but you wouldn’t want to bring it around these Olympic-themed beauties.

Raya Sader Bujana specializes in paper art, almost a kind of sculpting if you will. She has a page on Etsy where she sells her handmade jewelry – yes, all made from paper (with layers of varnish to protect it) – with different themes. Her work began mostly as paper food products and has evolved to many different categories (below). She even encourages customers to submit new ideas for her to create.

Bujana has also created Olympic figures from this method (below).

▪Hey guys 🙋 Ann, from @allthingspaper has written an awesome article about my "Paper Olympics" series (link in profile) I just wanted to say how grateful I am for all the positive comments and feedback I've been receiving ❤ also a huge thank you to @instagrames and @colossal for sharing my work, I really couldn't be more grateful 😊 Happy Sunday guys! ▪ ▪Hola guapos 🙋 Ann de @allthingspaper ha escrito un artículo genial sobre mi último serie de Olimpiadas en papel (Link en mi perfil) Solo quería agradecer todos los comentarios y feedback positivo que he estado recibiendo ❤ También un gracias gigante a @instagrames y a @colossal por compartir mi trabajo, no podría estar más agradecida 😊 Feliz domingo chicos! ▪ Photo @leocroma #paperart #papersculpture

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Each figure is cut from nearly 150 different pieces of paper to create a layered effect and in my opinion a topographical map-like surface. All of her work is very creative and uniquely configured, and clearly popular with many people as she’s been featured in many blogs and has a pretty strong following.

I hope this sparks some new and creative ideas to get you start creating!