I am working on mapping artworks in Malaga, Spain. I have found some difficulty in choosing the value for the
artwork_type key. The reason is that, although the wiki defines the use of
artwork_type=statue both for the statue of a single person/animal and for a group of people/animals, IMHO a sculptural group is not a statue.
Below I share some examples illustrating the difference between a statue and a sculptural group:
There are some cases in which a sculptural group can be considered a statue. For example, a statue of a saint or a virgin accompanied by cherubs or animals that function as scenic decorative elements or not particularly significant. In such cases, the object may be considered a statue of the virgin or saint. However, this thread I am referring to more obvious cases of sculptural groups, where there is more than one person/animal represented and significant.
If I follow the wiki recommendations, I should use
statue for a sculptural group, but that is clearly deficient: these sculptural groups are not a statue. It would be more accurate to use
sculpture, since these sculptural groups are indeed a sculpture, although in this case the value is not specific enough.
I could simply use
sculptural_group, although I would be introducing a value for a type of artworks that in OSM are tagged with the value
statue. As you can see, the problem cannot be solved without modifying the documentation for
So I propose to update the documentation to differentiate between
artwork_type=statue (sculpture of one person/animal) and
artwork_type=sculptural_group (sculpture of group representing two or more people/animals).