History’s Structures: From Statues to Skyscrapers
By Gunner Glam
Since the day humans learned to pick up stones and stack them in orderly piles, structure has been on Earth as an art form and symbolic achievement.
Statues are sculptures in the ground which represent one or more people or animals.
These included pharaohs which were rulers of Egypt and sphinxes which are mythical creatures with a lion’s body and a human head.
Full length statues compared to a bust feature all visible body parts from head to toe at least close to life-size or larger.
Primarily statues are representational and cultures, like the Egyptians, modeled many statues from Gods and Deities.
Statues do not always have a straightforward definition. In the case of sculptures of a person sitting on a horse, known as Equestrian statues, are included along with sculptures of two people.
A statuette or figurine that can be picked up is considered a small statue.
There were statues built throughout history to commission or commemorate a historical event or the life of an influential person.
There are statues that gain fame in their own right, separate to the person or concept they represent, as with the Statue of Liberty.
Statues are among the many wonders of the world with the Colossus of Rhodes, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia and the Moai of Easter Island.
Skyscrapers are tall and continuously habitable buildings of many stories that are often designed for office and commercial use.
There is no official definition or height which a building may be classified as a skyscraper. A common feature is skyscrapers tend to make use of a steel framework structure from which walls are suspended, rather than having load-bearing walls as seen in conventional buildings.
Since there is no official definition of what a skyscraper is, a relatively small building may be considered one if it protrudes well above its built environment and changes the overall skyline. The maximum height of structures has progressed historically with building methods and technologies.
Statues can be considered a historical achievement and skyscrapers one of the modern age.
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