Here, in the ars mundi online shop, you can buy selected wooden sculptures. Our range includes classic motifs such as animals, nativity scenes or nudes, as well as wooden sculptures with a modern interpretation.
Along with stone, wood is the oldest material from which humans create sculptures. The oldest known wooden sculpture is exhibited in the Historical Museum in Yekaterinburg and is estimated to be over 11,000 years old. To this day, working with wood is one of the most widely practised varieties of sculpture. Many different types of wood can be used for wood sculpture, with oak, lime, poplar, and walnut being particularly popular. The sculptor modulates the desired shapes from pieces of wood such as trunks, branches, or roots with a knife, saw or axe. Afterwards, the wooden sculptures can be refined with sandpaper, paints, oils, or waxes. There are hardly any limits to the sculptor in terms of size and shape. The spectrum ranges from monumental large-scale sculptures to the smallest, most filigree figures. Often, wood is combined with other materials such as stone or metals. Even though wooden sculptures frequently depict animals or people, there are also abstract wooden sculptures. As wood is a natural product, with no two pieces alike, wooden sculptures differ in colour, grain, and surface structure. Thus, a wooden sculpture is always a unique piece.
Artfully crafted wooden sculptures are highly decorative objects for interior spaces. For wooden sculptures for the garden, it is important to ensure they have been treated with appropriate oils or varnishes to make them weather-resistant, as otherwise, they could be damaged.