Small sculpture

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Small sculpture

Small sculpture

A torso-sized piece of material sculpted into an artistic form.

Base Stats

3 kg
Style Dominance


1 × 1
Cover Effectiveness


Crafted At
Art bench
Work To Make
18,000 ticks (5 mins)
Stuff Tags
Metallic, Woody, Stony
Resources to make
Stuff 50

Sculptures are buildings of art that have a high beauty stat. There are four types of sculptures:


Unfinished sculpture

All four sculptures are created from an art bench using Stuff Wood, Stony, or Metallic ingredients. Counter-intuitively, stone sculptures are not made from stone chunks, but from stone blocks.

Small sculptures require 50 materials and 18,000 ticks (5 mins) of work, large sculptures require 100 materials and 30,000 ticks (8.33 mins) of work, and grand sculptures require 400 materials and 105,000 ticks (29.17 mins) of work. Note that small volume materials (silver and gold) require ten times more items to create.

The sculpter's Artistic skill is the primary factor in determining the sculptures' quality. A sculptor cannot work on another sculptor's piece.


Sculptures have a high beauty rating, which depends on the sculpture size, material, and quality. For the same material and quality, a small sculpture has half the beauty of a large sculpture, which has 4x less beauty than a grand sculpture. Small and large sculptures take 1 tile, and grand sculptures take a 2x2 grid of tiles. Also, all sculptures have a 1.1x Sell Price Multiplier, making them sell for more when compared to other items of the same market value.

The following table compares the four sculptures:

  • Sculpture Size Materials Beauty[* 1] HP[* 1] Work to make[* 1] Market
    value[* 1]
    Beauty/work Value/Work Value/Material
    Small sculpture 1 × 1 Stuff 50 Stuff (Metallic/Woody/Stony) 50 90 18,000 ticks (5 mins) 160 Silver 0.0028 0.0089 3.2
    Large sculpture 1 × 1 Stuff 100 Stuff (Metallic/Woody/Stony) 100 150 30,000 ticks (8.33 mins) 300 Silver 0.0033 0.01 3
    Grand sculpture 2 × 2 Stuff 400 Stuff (Metallic/Woody/Stony) 400 300 105,000 ticks (29.17 mins) 1140 Silver 0.0038 0.0109 2.9
    Terror sculpture Content added by the Ideology DLC 1 × 1 Stuff 100 Stuff (Metallic/Woody/Stony) -5 150 30,000 ticks (8.33 mins) 300 Silver -0.0002 0.01 3
    1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Base values. Ignoring multipliers and offsets from materials or quality.

    Terror sculptures do not increase beauty, but instead increase suppression of slaves.Content added by the Ideology DLC

    All sculptures will have a name and story, like items of excellent or higher qualities. See #Story Generation below for more details.


    Pawns with the Artistic meditation focus can use sculptures in a 10-tile radius to increase psyfocus. This includes all pawns who are not Tribal or Ascetic.

    The highest quality sculpture is the primary source of psyfocus:

    Quality Awful Poor Normal Good Excellent Masterwork Legendary
    Base Strength +12% +16% +20% +22% +24% +26% +28%

    The other, surrounding sculptures give a much smaller boost:

    Quality Awful Poor Normal Good Excellent Masterwork Legendary
    Strength Offset +0% +0% +1% +1% +1% +2% +2%

    The maximum meditation focus strength is thus 44% for a legendary sculpture surrounded by 8 additional sculptures of masterwork or legendary quality.


    Sculptures can quickly increase the Impressiveness of a room through Wealth and Beauty, in addition to fulfilling the actual beauty need. Certain rooms give increasing mood buffs for being more impressive:

    • Dining room
    • Rec room
    • Bedroom (Barracks, Prison Rooms)
    • Hospital
    • Throne room Content added by the Royalty DLC & Ritual room Content added by the Ideology DLC

    Other than these rooms, place art where pawns will stay for a long time, such as a research station. For extra points, you can combine these rooms to make the most out of the sculptures. If Dining, Recreation, and Work all happen in the same room, then the same sculpture can apply to all 3 rooms, in addition to the general increase to Wealth.

    Note that sculptures increase a room's beauty rating from anywhere inside, but will only fulfil the beauty need when in an 8-tile radius from a pawn.

    Which sculpture to create[edit]

    Small sculptures are the worst for beauty. For each point of beauty, they require the most work and take up the most space. Yet, because small sculptures take the most work, they have the highest Market Value per material. Therefore, small sculptures are the most profitable to sell (per material). Small sculptures also have another advantage when selling: quality is a multiplier to market value, but can only increase value up to a flat cap. Small sculptures, especially of gold or silver, are less impacted by the cap than the larger sculptures. Plus, traders likely won't have enough money to afford a masterwork grand sculpture.

    Conversely, large and grand sculptures are better to actually place around your base. Both are equally as space efficient (before rounding). You can place 4 large sculptures in 4 separate locations, as opposed in a grand sculpture needing a 2x2 space. This makes large sculptures a better solution for bedrooms and other smaller rooms, and a more flexible option generally.

    Making grand sculptures exhibits a greater risk - if it turns out awful, you've had wasted 4 sculpture's worth of time. Conversely, grand sculptures are the best when you have inspired creativity, assuming you can actually complete it. It may be wise to work on a grand sculpture, suspend it before it's completed, and finish it once the inspiration hits. Grand sculptures are also the most wealth efficient way to provide beauty of all sculptures, due to the aforementioned market value cap. A gold grand sculpture costs 40340 Silver at Normal quality and 43340 Silver at Legendary quality, an increase of 3000 Silver. Four large sculptures would cost 40380 Silver at Normal quality and 52380 Silver at Legendary quality, an increase of 12000 Silver.

    Quality table[edit]

    Quality Base Beauty
    Base Value
    Awful -10% 50%
    Poor 50% 75%
    Normal 100% 100%
    Good 200% 125% (max +500)
    Excellent 300% 150% (max +1000)
    Masterwork 500% 250% (max +2000)
    Legendary 800% 500% (max +3000)

    Story generation[edit]

    Each sculpture has its own semi-randomly generated story based on past events in the colony and pre-written story segments. These stories tend to contain any of the following:

    • A past event occurring in or to the colony (see below)
    • A seemingly random event with no relation to the colony (e.g. "hundreds of doctors and engineers eating mushrooms")
    • A border to the art (e.g. "a triangular border")
    • A texture (e.g. "insert texture example")
    • A design style (e.g. "conveys a feeling of rage and happiness")
    • A location (e.g. "in a town")

    The events sometimes depicted in the story can be about any of the following that occurred in the colony's history:

    • killings
    • social fights
    • drunkenness
    • vomiting
    • landing in drop pods
    • artwork created
    • struck ore
    • person captured
    • person recruited
    • animal trained
    • animal hunted
    • surgery done
    • someone was on fire
    • someone went psychotic
    • someone gave up

    Alternatively, they can contain something random, without relating to any events in the colony at all (e.g. "this sculpture bears a portrayal of a cube"). Because of this grammar generator, artwork can have some humorous descriptions.

    Material table

  • Material Stuff cost Beauty Work to Build HP Flamma­bility Market Value
    Wooden Small sculpture 50 Wood 50 012,600 ticks (3.5 mins) 59 100% 00,105,00 Silver
    Granite Small sculpture 50 Granite blocks 50 023,400 ticks (6.5 mins) 153 0% 00,129,00 Silver
    Limestone Small sculpture 50 Limestone blocks 50 023,400 ticks (6.5 mins) 140 0% 00,129,00 Silver
    Marble Small sculpture 50 Marble blocks 68 020,700 ticks (5.75 mins) 108 0% 00,120,00 Silver
    Sandstone Small sculpture 50 Sandstone blocks 55 019,800 ticks (5.5 mins) 126 0% 00,116,00 Silver
    Slate Small sculpture 50 Slate blocks 55 023,400 ticks (6.5 mins) 117 0% 00,129,00 Silver
    Jade Small sculpture 50 Jade 135 025,200 ticks (7 mins) 45 0% 00,340,00 Silver
    Golden Small sculpture 500 Gold 220 016,200 ticks (4.5 mins) 54 40% 05,060,00 Silver
    Plasteel Small sculpture 50 Plasteel 50 039,600 ticks (11 mins) 252 0% 00,595,00 Silver
    Silver Small sculpture 500 Silver 106 018,000 ticks (5 mins) 63 40% 00,565,00 Silver
    Steel Small sculpture 50 Steel 50 018,000 ticks (5 mins) 90 40% 00,160,00 Silver
    Uranium Small sculpture 50 Uranium 25 034,200 ticks (9.5 mins) 225 0% 00,425,00 Silver
  • Assuming Normal quality, for the effect of other qualities, see Quality.



    Ideoligions allow the selection of styles which then change the texture of the certain items and buildings when constructed by the colony. These style variants can be crafted if the colony has the selected style.

    Version history[edit]

    • 0.9.722 - Sculptures now have sizes - small, large, and grand.
    • Beta 19 - Mass 50kg -> 25kg
    • 1.1.2654 - Increase psyfocus gain of sculptures by 2, up to a max of 28 at legendary quality.