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This elegant space frame with its pivoted, mobile elements is one of Chadwick’s earliest surviving pieces.

In concept and construction it reflects his experience as an exhibition designer. He had first used mobiles as a design feature for trade exhibition stands. The use of a basic framework recalls architecture of the 1950s, as well as the work of the twentieth-century Russian sculptor Naum Gabo, who wanted to make art that defined space without enclosing it.

July 2008