I remember playing "Statues" as a child. There were 2 ways to play it. A person starts out as the "curator" and stands at the end of a field. Everyone else playing stands at the far end (distance depends upon playing area selected). The object of the game is for a "Statue" to tag the Curator, thereby becoming the Curator and resetting the game. The Curator turns their back to the field, and the "Statues" attempt to race across and tag the Curator. Whenever the Curator turns around, the Statues must freeze in position and hold that for as long as the Curator looks at them. The Curator can even walk around the Statues, examining them. However, the Curator needs to be careful - whenever their back is turned, Statues are free to move. If a Statue is caught moving, they are sent back to the starting line to begin again (or thrown out of that round, whichever way is preferred.) Usually, the honesty of the Curator isn't an issue - it's more fun to be a Statue anyway.
The second way is for the Curator to take the hand of each participant and spin them around to make them dizzy. While the person is getting "spun", they try to think of a pose to "freeze" into that will give a hint of an activity being performed that must be correctly guessed by the Curator - such as digging a hole, or dancing the ballet. We enjoyed this version as much as the original version above, and even more so, as it offered more creativity.
These days, I have another version of the Statue game - I've been learning the ins and outs of vintage and antique restoration. There are very few people that are able to do this kind of work, and my mother has been one of them. She restored the entire collection of statues at her church - large and live-sized statues. Some had porcelain eyes that seem so real they could cry! She's done amazing work and even had statues shipped to her from northern Michigan. So, it's only fitting I should learn from the best! Last weeks' statue was Baby Jesus.
Luckily, the owner saved as much of the broken pieces as she could, but missing fingers and toes present a challenge, as they have to be molded, sometimes in a curved position, as this statue here was needing. Note the wires that held the original fingers in position. These two angel figurines accompanied the infant. The owner requested some 'brightening up" on them, but I could only bring myself to touch up some chippy paint. The vintage appeal would be lost, as well as some of the value, if too much was changed.
Here are some pictures of the statues when I was finished with them.
On the back of Baby Jesus was penciled in the price of $3.50. To us that believe, His value is greater by far! After all, His death paid the price, in FULL, for our sins.
Blessings today and Always -