Spring 2013 — issue 338

The Spring 2013’s theme is ‘Creating, Breaking and Censoring’.  It explores how views of sculpture change over time because of restoration and censorship and responses to the social atmosphere.


Patricia Delahanty
Green-Wood Cemetery Rescues Two Monuments

Sometimes destruction of a piece of sculpture, whether by natural or man-made cause, can bring about renewed interest, hope, and life to an artwork.

Breaking, Altering and Censoring Sculpture

Sculptures throughout history have been broken, altered, and censored.  This has been done by people who feel justified in doing so often at transitional moments when there is a change in social, political, or moral interpretation of that sculpture.

Evelyn Brighton
Sculpture Survives Political Cover-Up

Art often suffers at the hands of zealots, but luckily, not every effort to censor works of art is physically destructive.

Ruth E. Thaler-Carter
Iconic Giant Buddhas Destroyed in Act of Anti-Artistic Terrorism

Works of art in sculpture have been attacked, damaged, and even destroyed throughout history, for reasons ranging from the political to the religious to the personal.

Sue Rosen
What Drives Attacks On Sculpture?

The censorship of sculpture is a phenomenon as ancient as the biblical destruction of the Golden Calf and as current as the toppling of a dictator’s statue in the Middle East.