sculp·​tur·​al | \ˈskəlp-chə-rəl, ˈskəlp-shrəl\

Definition of sculptural 

1 : of or relating to sculpture

2 : resembling sculpture : sculpturesque

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More recently, Serra’s non-sculptural work has shifted to Rothko-esque abstractions like the one below. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Celebrated artist Richard Serra has been making Goatses his entire career," 23 Sep. 2018 The piece complemented the sculptural designs in Christian's collection — think power suits and party-ready 'fits, all in bright and glittery colors, many in the checkerboard print that Cardi B wore on her Invasion of Privacy album cover. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Bumble and bumble and Christian Cowan Collaborate on Fanny Pack for Spring/Summer 2019 Collection," 9 Sep. 2018 Keep it on after an a.m. session and top with a sculptural blouse. Leah Melby Clinton, Marie Claire, "How to Wear Leggings to Work This Fall," 28 Aug. 2018 Its sweeping planes of illumination are sculptural and dynamic. Brian Seibert, New York Times, "Review: Dancing the Genome in Wayne McGregor’s ‘Autobiography’," 28 Feb. 2018 The latest is a surprisingly sculptural cat enclosure that fits right in with a sleek modern apartment. Barbara Eldredge, Curbed, "World’s fanciest cat cage looks like a work of art," 16 Mar. 2018 Hence, for example, the strikingly sculptural articulation of his vestibule for the library at San Lorenzo. Catesby Leigh, National Review, "A Genius in Draft Form," 20 Jan. 2018 Below, the artist turned jewelry designer spoke to the Cut about graduating from ear plugs to sculptural earrings, her lipstick obsession, and her fashion uniform. Christine Whitney, The Cut, "This in-Demand Jewelry Designer Has a Weakness for Reese’s Pieces and Really Sweet Coffee," 3 Apr. 2018 Explosion is another cabinet—this one expands into a unique sculptural design, but collapses again into a small box. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Transforming Cabinets Move in Ways That Boggle the Mind," 22 June 2015

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First Known Use of sculptural

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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