We're evacuating the planet, part ii: What sculptures shall we bring along?

Obviously this is a sequel to We’re evacuating the planet. What 100 paintings do you insist we bring with us? Like the other thread, this is just an excuse to talk about – and link to pictures of – your favorite sculptures, and so doesn’t really need a setup. But if you’re one of those people who insists on a rationale, I’ll rip off the explanation from the earlier thread:

The sun is going supernova. Fortunately I have prepared for this unlikely eventuality and have assembled a fleet of warp-capable space arks able to transport a few hundred million people to Tellus Secundus, an Earthlike planet about a month’s travel-time away. (Naturally most Dopers get a ticket.) But everyone is insisting on bringing their pets, so space is at a premium. (No one from Wales is allowed on board for that reason.) For sculptures we have alloted a cargo hold 50 meters long, 50 meters wide, and 50 meters high.

What original sculptures do you insist we we bring along, and why?

I will begin by noting that, though y’all are free to link to pictures of anything by Rodin, you can assume everything he ever touched is already in my personal ship, and that The Lovers in particular is in my quarters, as is Fallen Caryatid with Urn. I may let other people look at them. Then again I may not. I’m kind of a shit that way.


While we’re on the subject of Michelangelo, lets grab the *Pieta *from the Vatican, then go back to the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence and pick up his unfinished *Prisoners *from there.

I swear those figures would have come alive, if only he would have had time to finish releasing them from the stone.

I’m sure you meant to type (with spoiler space just in case John Ashcroft has joined up)

right? :wink:

Poseiden : image
Diskobolos : image
Laocoon : image
Khmer Jayavarman : image
Nike of Samothrace : image
Khmer bronzes: Monkey King, Ganesh; Lotus : image

Flight from Pompeii by Benzoni.

It won’t even take up much room.

Bust of Nefertiti. Have to include at least one ancient Egyptian work, and this is one of the best.

That would be my “must have.”

Does the ship need ballast? If not, then forget the sculpture. The weight and space are better spent on people and life support.

Venus of Willendorf. Not much to look at, but historically significant:

Venus de Milo. Classic beauty and grace.

Abraham Lincoln, by Daniel Chester French, from the Lincoln Memorial. Austere patriotism at its best.

George Washington, by Jean-Antoine Houdon. Perfectly captures a great man’s dignity and reserve.

Dancing Shiva, bronze sculpture of the Chola period, unknown artist. Graceful and poetic.

The Bronco Buster by Frederick Remington. Captures the horse and rider’s suppressed power and momentum beautifully.

Free Stamp by Claes Oldenburg, Cleveland. The mundane made interesting by supersizing.

Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Mass., by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Boston Common. Selfless courage and purposefulness, perfectly expressed.

The Crying Lion Memorial, by Bertel Thorvaldsen, Luzerne, Switz. Tremendously evocative of a past tragic sacrifice.

Untitled by Alexander Calder, New York City. Bright and fun.

Chelsea Charms

ETA: possibly not safe for work if your boss doesn’t appreciate great art

Had you seen the Charles Addams parody?: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_zBbk7VOCdHI/RZLk-5klvrI/AAAAAAAAAC0/mo7Ru0lFNzo/s200/addams.butcher.shop.jpg

Pretty much everything that Bernini created, but his David in particular, and The Rape of Prosperina next.

Most of it, because all the major ones take up minimal storage … could probably fit most of the world’s “major scripture” on around a gig or two.

OOps. I misread sculpture.

Seconding Michelangelo’s Pietà. That one simply cannot be left on Earth to melt.

I’m Armenian. The sheep is my…OK, yeah—let’s call her a ‘pet.’

I’m going to get drunk one night and sneak into the hold and superglue arms on that bitch.

I agree with you about Rodin, and would have listed Fallen Caryatid immediately. But I’d also include The Kiss and The Belle Heaulmiere and probably Le Penseur for good measure.

Hell, let’s grab both of them. The one he did while still a young man, and the one he did when he was an old geezer. (I think the second one is in Florence.)

Dude, you’re no fun.

Hey, I say we leave Jimbo behind and bring along one of these guys.

I’d like to suggest some Australian art. Mackennal’s Circe is my favourite. If statuary counts, and why wouldn’t it, I also love the Discovery of Gold monument in Bendigo, with the goddess Fortuna dropping a nugget into the beardy booted prospector’s pan. For a modern(er) twist, how about Piccinini? The Young Family is, I think, her best-known work.

I love 3D art!