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Statues are buildings which can be built from the build menu under statue. They can be made using one stone at the mason's workshop.

Statues, like engravings, depict people, places, things and times. They will depict events from the game's generated history. They do not display random geometric shapes, such as diamonds, unlike engravings. Statues often will depict creatures that the mason likes or loathes, or even other dwarves surrounded by the creatures they like or loathe.

Statues can have very high values if crafted from valuable materials, such as precious metals, or if they are crafted by a highly skilled dwarf. This makes them a good choice for raising the value of a room to create a legendary dining room, for instance, or to meet nobles' requirements for rooms of a certain value.

You can create a sculpture garden from a statue's query menu. Dwarves on break or with no job will spend time at a communal (non-assigned) statue garden appreciating the statues (which generates a happy thought) and may even organize parties there. If the sculpture garden is private (assigned) then the owner will hang out there when on break or when there's no job to do.

Be careful when placing statues, because dwarves cannot move through the same square they occupy. (This will also prevent dwarves from smoothing or engraving the floor underneath a statue.) A poorly placed statue can potentially seal off parts of your fortress. One can place a statue instead of a wall on a built floor, which leads to another possible use of statues: you may build a statue on a tile you don't want your dwarves to stand at. That makes intentional cave-in much more safer to carry out.

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