Rodin’s “The Thinker”: Considering Practicality and Aesthetics When It Comes to Statue Pedestals

Statues come in so many different shapes, sizes and materials that buying a sculpture pedestal can become confusing. Not only do you have to consider the practical aspects of weight and size, you also have to consider the aesthetics of the piece. You can’t have a pedestal which competes with the statue for attention but, at the same time, the pedestal should also befit the statue. If you have a really beautiful, ornate statue, you might not want to get a completely plain pedestal to go with it. So you need to walk a fine line if you want to get a pedestal that goes well with your statue.

Walnut cylinder pedestal with a turntable

Practical Considerations

Let’s say you’re trying to find a good base for a small bronze sculpture called “The Thinker” by Auguste Rodin. The sculpture is only 15.5 inches tall, but you need to keep in mind that it’s all solid metal, which means that it’s going to be fairly heavy. So you’ll need a pretty solid pedestal to put it on. Some more delicate-looking acrylic bases may be able to support the weight as well, even though they look fragile. In either case, you might want to give the vendor an accurate idea of the weight of the statue to find out if the pedestal you’re looking at will be able to support it.

Granite laminate five sider pedestal

Aesthetic Considerations

Although the statue is mostly dark, its patina is a combination of black, gold and green. This mixture of colors looks great on the marble base featured in the photograph because the two patterns complement each other. Would this sculpture look good on a plain black pedestal? Probably not because the black would look too heavy in comparison with the delicate work that went into the making of this statue.
However, you might want to consider granite laminate pedestal which would complement the colors of the statue. The glassy look of an acrylic pedestal would also present a good contrast with the dark, heavy metal of the statue. Our ebonized walnut veneer cylinder pedestal would be a good choice because of its circular shape and the dark grain running through it.
So if you’re looking to find a practical and aesthetically attractive pedestal for a statue, contact us.

Glass Sculpture with a Spot Lit Laminate Pedestal Base