From such humble beginnings sculpture has evolved into a modern form of art. Before 3000 B.C. the Egyptians and Cyclades were developing forms of sculpture that although different in style, form and material, still give insight into their cultures and lifestyles. The Egyptians began with smaller pieces, usually depicting royalty, and evolved into the enormous Sphinx and larger-than-life monuments of Ramses II. The Cyclades are thought to have begun with marble figures of women depicting death, and evolved into small, but visually powerful, fertility figures depicting life.
Around 1200 B.C., American sculpture continued with the naturalized figures of the Aztecs and Olmecs, crudely carved but ofttimes massive structures. The primitive nature of these pieces removes nothing from their powerful visage, and predates classical Greek sculpture.
Today, sculpture is anything. Any type of material can be made into a work of art depicting the artists' vision. Although we may not understand it, beauty is, indeed, in the eye of the beholder.