In museums and galleries across the world the unsung hero of the art world solemnly rests. Few patrons of the arts comment on or even notice them yet they play a vital role in the displaying of art, especially that of the third dimension. Nearly as ancient as sculpture itself, display pedestals hold up the art universe as the Greek god Atlas once held the world.
The use of display pedestals guarantees the highest level of class when displaying in private collections or in museums. The greatest benefit of pedestals is their ability to allow viewers a complete circular view of any piece of art as well increasing the amount of art that can be viewed in galleries by placing works in the middle of the room rather than against the walls. Pedestals can be especially useful for those interested in curating and displaying collections in creative ways as they unleash an almost unlimited number of ways art (especially, but not limited to, sculptures) can be arranged. In fact, the pedestal itself can nearly be a piece of art. With the massive range in complexity, size, color, and shape available an astute gallery owner can match the sculpture to the pedestal the same way a frames are matched to paintings.
Pedestals may not be noticed but they are vitally needed. Without them the patrons of galleries would suffer chronic back pain from stooping to view the smaller works. In the end art needs pedestals just as much as pedestals need art.