Can anyone help me with some suggestions for Science Fiction films that have sculpture/sculptures in them. So far I have Logan’s Run, The Damned, and The Hunger Games but am looking for as many as possible.
From SF Movie Explorers:
Looking for sculptures in science fiction movies is an exciting treasure hunt as they are generally featured just in a scene or two. Most of them add to the visuals and overall atmosphere in an inconspicuous way, but sometimes they play more dramatic roles.
Here is a list of examples you may find interesting.
The Invisible Ray (1936) – on an expedition to Africa, the mad scientist discovers a radioactive meteor. Later he uses its powers to melt statues in front of “Church of the Six Saints” as he starts to murder members of the expedition.
City in the Sea The City Under the Sea (1965) – in this adaptation of Edgar Alan Poe’s story we venture into a long lost underwater city. A gigantic sculpture of an open hand and two rows of sitting minotaurs facing each other welcome uninvited visitors.
Zardoz (1974) – in the post-apocalyptic world, artworks belong to “Eternals”.
Sculptures in Alien Cultures
Planet of the Apes (1968), Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970), Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973) – features artworks that belong to the ape culture and a few that belong to mankind.
Mission to Mars (2000) – Martians left a message on the surface of the red planet in the shape of an enormous face, which is much more than meets the eye if you know the secret code, that is.
Star Trek (2009) – in this movie we get a glimpse of beautiful statues in the Katric ark on planet Vulcan just before its destruction. Also, you can find more statues in Star Trek IV.
Thor (2011) – Amazing Asgard is the home of brave warriors. On streets, enormous golden statues (full armor and weaponry) celebrate their glory.
Sculptures in Futuristic Worlds
Forbidden Planet (1956) – interesting sculptures decorate Dr. Morbius and Altaira’s house and garden on planet Altair IV.
The 6th Day (2000) – DNA spiral with a globe inside stands in front of Replacement Technologies company.
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) – weeping metal lions greet and Cybertronics statue awaits David’s arrival to a water-covered city.
Equilibrium (2002) – in Vice-Counsel DuPont office there is a statue of a man holding the Earth, modern version of Atlas.
I, Robot (2004) – several stores high statue of a robot decorates a lobby of U. S. Robotics’ headquarter.
A Sound of Thunder (2005) – Ice sculptures of T-rex enhance a party for brave returners from “time safari” where they have a chance to hunt dinosaurs.
Surrogates (2009) – take a peek in the near future for some ideas for living room decor.
You can find more examples of classical (28 Days Later and Children of Men) and alien art (The Chronicles of Riddick, Stargate, and Alien vs. Predator) in article Artworks in Science Fiction Movies.
And some more examples…
The Iron Giant (1999) – it features an artist who makes sculptures from scrap metal.
Robot Stories (2003) – this movie is composed of four stories. In the fourth one called “Clay,” dying artist makes one last sculpture while he has to decide “between natural death and digital immortality”.
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) – villain Totenkopf has a strange collection of artworks – we can see it in the last third of the movie.
Statue of Liberty – is featured in many science fiction movies. We can find it half-buried in sand, covered with spiky ice, taking the heavy pounding of the third kind, or providing a getaway for those in need. For example Superman, Planet of the Apes, X-Men, Day after Tomorrow, The Adjustment Bureau, Independence Day, Cloverfield.
We hope, you find these examples helpful. Live long and explore SF movies! 🙂