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This is one of four 'Riace' sculptures which were inspired by the discovery of two fifth-century BC Greek bronze sculptures in the sea off Southern Italy in the 1970s. Frink saw them on display in Florence and described how 'the original figures are very beautiful, but also very sinister'. The bronzes depict ancient Greek mercenaries: warriors who would fight in exchange for sacrificial offerings in their benefit. A lifelong supporter of Amnesty International, Frink has said, 'Thuggishness is a bit of a preoccupation with me. It hinges on all my humanitarian sentiments'.

August 2004