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This construction belongs to a small group of works of the 1930s that are among Gabo’s finest. It is based on the juxtaposition of organic, sweeping planes which demonstrate the properties of transparency and flexibility in Perspex, and a precise, crystalline centre. These elements embody contrasting energies held in counterpoise: flowing momentum and internal, cell-like division. A photograph of this work, taken by Barbara Hepworth during the Second World War, shows it against the background of the sea at Carbis Bay, Cornwall, where Gabo was living at the time.

September 2016