Vocabulary Word of the Week: Relief

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Relief is derived from the Latin word relevo; relevo means to rise. 

When speaking in terms of art and architecture, a relief is a sculptural technique that gives the impression that the sculpture is rising from the background (wall, structural element, etc.). In the photo above, the relief on the Duke Ellington Bridge in Washington D.C., depicts a woman riding an automobile. Each corner of this bridge depicts a different form of transit.

Stone reliefs were very popular in American architecture in the early 1900s, this technique was widely used on art deco structure.

The exterior of Houston’s City Hall is decorated with reliefs that depict different Texan industries.

The Anti-Cruelty Society structure in Chicago, Illinois.


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