Ah, but then there this:
"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free."
The sculpture was always in the block of ice, I just removed what was not the sculpture.
--Revised from MichelAngelo
"Writing is not like painting where you add. It is not what you put on the canvas that the reader sees. Writing is more like a sculpture where you remove, you eliminate in order to make the work visible. Even those pages you remove somehow remain."
~ Elie Wiesel
It shows up in a lot of religious sermons as an "old story"
Someone asked a sculpture how he could take a big piece of marble and make it look like a horse. He said that you take your hammer and chisel and you knock off everything that does not look like a horse and when you are through what you have left looks like a horse.
A man who was seen chiseling a rock into a beautiful horse was asked, "How do you make a sculpture of a horse?" The artist responded, "I simply chisel away everything that doesn't look like a horse."
By the way, the carving part is easy if you just remove any foam that doesn't look like a horse.
http://www.dillonworks.com/portfolio/ga ... pge_4.html