Bronze Plaques

Capturing Architectural And Artistic Beauty

By: - Art - August 11, 2011
bronze plaques capturing architectural and artistic beauty

When newly erected buildings are finished and crowds gather around to celebrate its opening, or when a small gathering of friends and family come together during a funeral to bury a loved family member or friend or to award medals and trophies for success and achievement,  a marker to attest to the enduring spirit of both memory and significance of a building erected is usually cast in a plaque known as an architectural plaque, typically created from an old friend of humanity, bronze.

This age old metal, first discovered as a viable metal as far back as about four thousand years BC., bronze has been regarded as the primary metal of the ancient times, thus the use of the term ‘bronze age’ to describe the period.   With its copper and its primary ingredient tin, it is a hard, yet brittle metal used by artists and warriors alike in the creation of many works of art and weaponry.  In today’s age, the creation of many impressive architectural works around the world or buildings and significant monuments to identify the success or founding of institutions have been completed by the installation of architectural plaques, specifically bronze plaques to herald the moment.

But in and of itself, architectural plaques have other duties to perform more so than just that of signifying an important event or building.  Architectural plaques have more importantly the task to withstand the onslaught of time and its corrosive elements, therefore a metal had to be considered for that very task.  Not only are bronze plaques a very aesthetically pleasing metal for their rich, dark color, but more importantly, they withstand the test of time, enduring for many years to remind each successive generation of the accomplishments of their forebears.  They are an extremely high measure of class and artistic endeavor.

Bronze plaques are very highly regarded thus for several reasons.  Specifically, the metal is chosen for the fact that it can withstand harsh, wet elements and corresponding corrosion with little need for any preventative measures or maintenance protocols, staying intact with the same message in the same elegant, classy manner for more than a century. Excavators and archaeologists have found remains of ancient weaponry and sculptures in digs around the world.  In ancient excavation sites in Iran and in one of the most advanced ancient civilizations in the world, China, bronze weapons and statues have been found that now stand in museums across the world to attest to the popularity among the ancients as a preferred metal of choice for its durability and aesthetic appeal.  It is no wonder thus that our forebears have chosen bronze to capture and retain their classical artistry in the ancient times as found in the bronze statues in Greece and in the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

For their atmospheric resistant properties and reputation that extends back through the centuries to artists and warriors alike, bronze has become a true staple in the creation of memories and commemorative moments.  Thus bronze plaques are the ideal means by which anyone can capture the photographic moment in metal.  The widespread popularity of bronze plaques, and architectural plaques is found everywhere, it every municipality and cemetery.  They are cast to commemorate the fallen soldiers in war, the deceased loved ones that are gone but not forgotten and to remind us of the triumphs of the human spirit, be it through the magnificence of architectural design in which architectural plaques are cast, or the triumphs of human mind over matter and significance to the advancement of humanity in every manner – religious, scientific or by measure of simple human will over tragedy.

Photo: bronze plaque – public domain photo – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Assorted_bronze_castings.JPG


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