Thematic and Aesthetic Review of Outdoor Sculptures in Takoradi Polytechnic Through Photo Documentation
In this study, themes, aesthetic and styles of the outdoor sculptures in Takoradi Polytechnic from 2002-2015 were examined. The period under study represents the emergence of outdoor sculpture in the school. The qualitative research approach was used for the study.Data for the study were obtained from personal communication and observation of the sculptures through photo documentation. The descriptive method was also adapted as well. Elevensculptural works were identified, with larger concentrations of the works in the School of Applied Arts. Themes and aesthetics formed the samples of the works and were specifically studied. Findings in the study revealed that thematic consideration in all the works were basically hinged on socio-cultural benefits to the school and these have not been documented photographically. Forms were mainly expressed in realism and cubism with variation in each artist’s style. The
study was conducted to place the themes and styles expressed in the art on art historical record in the main stream contemporary Ghanaian art. Significantly, the study is hoped to provide information and stimulate further studies in the related scholarly area. The study concluded that the outdoor sculptures in the schoolhave thematic and aesthetic importance which needed to be photo documented to serve as a tool for teaching and learning in the school.