Revered, worshipped, scorned or passed-by, statues and figurines have served as expressions of a society’s heritage and cultural identity since the dawn of civilization—from Mesopotamia to Montevideo, the location of these images.
Formed, molded, cast and constructed from earthly elements—celebrating political, economic, romantic or purely artistic pleasure—these renditions of flesh and blood and the soul and spirit of once living or allegorical beings, stand noble and lifelessly still. Guarding a palace, commemorating a life, adorning a public space or merely a whimsical embellishment, each pose is purposeful and present.
Considered timeless and inert, symbols for lives lived or longed for, capturing the frail human condition; like the mere mortals they depict, these metaphors for life are not invulnerable to decay. As all animate living beings or the plastic facsimile of one, earthy objects decline and recycle to their original inanimate state, indestructible in their non-corporeal worlds.
Subject to this inevitable demise, whether from neglect or the ravages of time, the transmutation of energy particles from one form to another seeps through their polished veneers.