You may have heard the saying 'putting someone on a pedestal'. This means that you admire them and think that they are amazing.
A pedestal is a base that sculptures or statues often stand on. This raises them up in the air so that everyone can see them. Pedestals come in all shapes and sizes and can be square, octagonal or round (like a column). They can also be very complicated with lots of columns and decorations.
A pedestal is divided into three parts: from bottom to top: the plinth (or foot), the die (or dado) and the cap (or cornice).
Pedestals often have some words or a plaque on them explaining who the statue is of or what the sculpture is about.
Let's look at some people (and animals and objects!) on pedestals
This sculpture shows pioneering Black footballer Walter Tull. He was only the second Black footballer to play in the football league in the UK.
This is a staue of Emmeline Pankhurst. She was the leader of the Suffragette movement which campaigned for equal rights for women. The artist has used a chair as a pedestal. Emmeline Pankhurst is shown standing on the chair and talking to the people who are passing.
It is not just people who are remembered and celebrated in public sculptures. If you visit Linlithgow in Scotland, you may see this fellow sitting on a pedestal. He is called Dudley and was a much-loved pet whose owner donated money to help her local community.
Objects can also be placed on pedestals to help celebrate people or events.
Can you see what is on top of this wave-shaped pedestal? Who or what do you think this might be remembering or celebrating?
A shiny narrowboat has lots of tools popping out of it. The sculpture celebrates the workers who helped build and work on the canals, as well as the wider boating community in the local area.