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This sculpture is one of three large heads which Davies made in 1983-4. Although similar, the personality and expression of each of these heads is different. Photographs of the artist's studio at that time show other small sculptures depicting men on ladders and ropes. The artist considers the large heads to have been an 'audience' for the 'human circus' suggested in the other works. Scale is an important aspect of Davies's work. He has added that the small figures always felt distant. In contrast, the large scale of the heads gave an impression of extreme proximity. As this work shows, enlarged scale also emphasises the physical presence of the subject.

August 2004