Naum Gabo

Monument for an Airport

c.1932–48

Artist
Naum Gabo 1890–1977
Medium
Perspex and brass
Dimensions
Object: 416 x 1080 x 575 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by HM Government in lieu of tax and allocated to the Tate Gallery 1995
Reference
T06976

Not on display

Display caption

'Gabo is directly in touch with today', wrote the artist Ben Nicholson in 1936. Gabo''s enthusiasm for modernity is exemplified in Monument for an Airport. In the early 1930s, when the sculpture was conceived, commercial air travel was just developing and new airports offered opportunities for modern architecture and design. Gabo suggested that this sculpture might be recreated on a larger scale for an airport booking-hall or as an outdoor monument. The streamlined planes of opaque and transparent plastic evoke the idea of speed, technical innovation and weightlessness associated with flight.

Gallery label, August 2004