Well, I've been wondering this for some time now, though I can't find a definitive answer on the internet.
I know that Catholics use statues in worship for veneration. We use icons. However, is there really a RULE against statues, or is it just culture?
I know the "Graven image" thing, but I've seen Orthodox icons that are carved into wood, as well as a 3D layer of silver/gold on top. So they're both 'graven', I suppose.
Personally, I have nothing against statues, and because of my Catholic-esque background, we have one of Mary and Joseph in our window, as well as all our crucifixes containing a metal lifelike Jesus.
I've seen a few threads on this forum, but they didn't really answer my question. I know that because icons show a flat scene and not merely a figure, it adds to the mystery. But seeing 40 foot stone statues of the Apostles in St. Paul's Basilica has a certain grandeur that can't be matched by a 40 foot icon.
So, I just wanted to get everyone's opinion on the topic.