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In 1960 Caro began to make large abstract constructions in steel. Unlike traditional sculptures on pedestals, Caro's stood directly on the floor, like everyday objects. They thus functioned as objects in their own right, rather than representations of other things. In 1966, Caro also began to make what he called 'table sculptures', such as 'Piece LXXXII'. These works do not stand on the floor but rest on a table. They also project over the edge of the table. Again, Caro deliberately avoided using a pedestal because this would have isolated the sculpture from the real world. Caro has observed that 'My Table Pieces are not models inhabiting a pretence world, but relate to a person like a cup or a jug'.

August 2004