This consists of four separate elements. It is part of the same series of carved works as 'Carving No. 13' also displayed here. The organic tongue-like shape is a scaled-up version of a small model made by the artist by rolling a cone of clay in his hands. This was then interpreted in marble by a craftsman working with the artist at Pietrasanta near Pisa in Italy, where there are many marble carving studios. Flanagan has compared the marble carvers to musicians interpreting a score. The disc supporting the abstract shape is based on the cap of a staddle stone, traditionally used to prevent rats attacking hay ricks. The three marble balls are based on cannon balls.