Tony Cragg

On the Savannah

1988

On display at Tate Britain

Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
Object: 2250 x 4000 x 3000 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1988
Reference
T05519

Display caption

The elements of On the Savannah are derived from laboratory vessels whose forms have been drawn out and fused into each other, undergoing metamorphosis into flowing, organic forms. The tall, upright form suggests a connecting pipe or a Bunsen burner. In the lower elements can be seen the shapes of flasks, a laboratory jar and a mortar. The title refers to the prehistoric grassy plains on which animal life gradually evolved. Cragg may be drawing an analogy between biological processes of creation and metamorphosis, and those in the laboratory.

Gallery label, October 2000