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What Material is Best for my Statue? How to choose the right option for you | Statue.com

Written by
Joshua Schlueter
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January 31, 2023 at 11:10:04 AM PST January 31, 2023 at 11:10:04 AM PSTst, January 31, 2023 at 11:10:04 AM PST

If you are looking for a beautiful, durable and timeless piece of art to grace the home or business landscape, you may be wondering which type of material will last the longest. Marble, cast stone and bronze are three popular options that have withstood the test of time and should be considered when making your decision. 

Marble statues have been used in various sculptures since ancient times and offer beauty and durability. Marble is a sedimentary rock composed mainly of calcite, though other minerals may be included as well. Marble statues will stand up to outdoor elements better than many other materials while maintaining their initial stunning appearance over time. The traditional look of marble statues has kept them in fashion for centuries and they remain a popular choice today. Additionally, marble resists stains and discoloration if cared for properly. 

Cast stone statues are made from a mix of Portland cement, aggregates such as sandstone or quartzite, water, coloring agents and admixtures. Unlike regular concrete which contains air bubbles that can cause the material to crack or crumble over time, cast stone statues don't contain air bubbles so they won't chip off or flake away over time like concrete does. Cast stone is also much more heat resistant than regular concrete due to its higher compression rates so it won’t warp in extreme temperatures or be affected by ultraviolet rays from direct sunlight. Additionally, cast stone is extremely strong due to its mixture of materials and can withstand heavy pressures from wind or water without crumbling away like concrete does. 

Bronze statues have been crafted for thousands of years for both decorative purposes and religious ceremonies in cultures all around the world. Bronze is an alloy composed mostly of copper with tin added for strength as well as zinc and lead added for color variation depending on its intended use or desired effect. Bronze statues will weather naturally over time into unique works of art that keep their original shape although they may take on an even more beautiful patina if left untreated outdoors in elements like rain or sunshine over long periods of time giving it an aged look reminiscent of the past centuries when bronze was first used extensively in sculpture and artwork form worldwide. 

All three materials offer incredible qualities such as beauty, quality craftsmanship and durability but depending on your needs one material might stand out above the others when choosing what statue material is right for you whether it's indoor decorating with marble columns or outdoor decorating with bronze sculptures - each has amazing characteristics that make it ideal for different situations no matter what type you choose!

Baner and conclusion photo by Levi Meir Clancy