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This sculpture and 'Carving No. 2', also displayed here, are from a series of thirteen abstract marble carvings made in 1981 at Pietrasanta, the famous Italian centre for stone carving. For all these works Flanagan first made small hand-sized models in clay, rolling, squeezing, and twisting the material. These little shapes were afterwards reinterpreted on a larger scale in marble by skilled craftsmen working under the artist's direction. This collaboration extended to the choice of appropriate materials to carve. Here the finished work clearly shows a scaled-up version of the impression of the artist's fingers where he has squeezed the original small piece of clay.

August 2004