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Chillida began to forge sculptures from solid iron in 1951. The darkness of iron, he suggested, was more suited to the sombre culture of his Basque homeland than more traditional sculptural materials such as plaster or marble. He believed that the final shape of the work could be determined only through the process of working directly with this resistant material. Discussing the group to which this work belongs, Chillida wrote that he ‘sought a more fluid and modulated dialogue between material and space than in other works of mine.’

February 2005