Brick sculpture is found in private homes, corporate offices, fast-food restaurants, and other commercial buildings as well as in houses of worship. Masonry itself is a highly sculptural material, fluid in form and responsive to the play of light and shadow on its surfaces. Sculpted brickwork takes these properties a step further by incorporating artwork into the fabric of the building itself. INITIAL PLANNING However the decision to use a brick sculpture is made, the first step is to select a sculptor. The Brick Institute of America (BIA) maintains a list of sculptors who work in the medium. The most important factor in selecting a sculptor is finding someone who understands the concept of the sculpture being considered and who can work with the architect and owner to express it. The next step is to draft a contract spelling out the job requirements. The contract should cover the requirements for each phase of the work. THE SCULPTING PROCESS Most brick sculptures fit into one of three categories: Bas-relief sculptures, carved from brick that are thicker than the standard 3 5/8 inches so that some of the design projects beyond the wall plane; Intaglio sculptures, with designs carved into the face of standard brick to create an incised pattern; and cut brick sculptures, made with brick that are cut, shaped, and then installed to create the desired pattern.