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New materials

In past two decades sculptors have moved away from using traditional materials, such as bronze, wood and stone, to experiment with synthetic and industrial materials and metals which reflect contemporary urban society. The use of everyday materials has become popular with the advantage of being readily available and instantly recognizable.

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