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Flanagan wanted to show the sculptural properties of everyday things. In the mid-1960s, when he was a student in London, the prevailing tendency was for sculptors to weld together vividly coloured metal structures. By contrast, Flanagan began to explore soft and malleable materials that would change their configuration in every installation. Rope (Gr 2sp 60) 6 '67 is made with industrial rope which he dyed green, section by section, in his bath. Originally the rope crossed from one room to another but it was also exhibited in a single space.

April 2009