During the early 1980s Caro began using massive buoys, chain links and other scrap from marine dockyards. In The Soldier's Tale, he has cut and arranged sheets of steel to produce a framing device, and inserted a large cup-like form. The juxtaposition of flat plane and enclosed space creates a sense of opening, like a mouth singing. The title refers to a piece of music by Igor Stravinsky. Caro has suggested that just as musical notes are combined into a melody or sonata, so his individual components cohere in a sculptural whole.