Parisian interior of Frederic Mechiche: Jean Dubuffet black and white sculpture (c.1960s), other artworks by Joseph Beuys, Pierre Soulages and Cesar & Jean Arp. Barcelona-lounge chair by Mies van der Rohe (1928) and a coffee table by Isamu Noguchi (1944).
Social sculpture is a phrase to describe an expanded concept of art that was advocated by the conceptual artist and politician Joseph Beuys. Beuys created the term “social sculpture” to embody his understanding of art’s potential to transform society. As a work of art, a social sculpture includes human activity that strives to structure and shape society or the environment. The central idea of a social sculptor is an artist who creates structures in society using language, thoughts, actions, and objects.