Statues are sculpted using different materials. However, bronze and marble remain a favorite over the centuries. While bronze statues are larger and used for life-sized sculptures, marble is used for busts and art.
That said, bronze is not limited to creating large sculptures. The earliest statues discovered were made of bronze and come in varying sizes.
But… what is a Bronze Statue?
Bronze is a combination of different metals. The metals are heated and poured into a mold and allowed to cool.
from the earlier times were made using copper and arsenic. Some of them had copper and zinc alloy (which are brass statues rather than bronze).
In today’s world, a bronze statue is typically made using copper and tin. 88-90% copper and 10-12% tin are used to cast a bronze statue into the mold. Once cooled, the mold is removed, and the statue is hand-sculpted to add the fine details.
Reasons to Use Bronze for Statues
Bronze has always been an important alloy in the history of mankind. Why else would there be an entire age (Bronze Age) dedicated to metal?
Compared to other alloys, bronze is-
A bronze statue can last for tens and hundreds of years with little or no damage. Yes! Museums have bronze statues from centuries ago, and these look as good as new. You can place the custom bronze statues indoors and outdoors. The metal doesn’t break, dent, or crack easily. It doesn’t get ruined by the changing weather conditions.
The patina is the only part of a bronze statue that is delicate and needs care. Regular dusting and periodic buffing will preserve the patina and make it last as long as a thousand years. The outdoor bronze statues can be waxed every two years or so for the same. Even if the patina changes more than expected, it can be replaced artificially without harming the sculpture.