Naum GaboRevolving Torsion, Fountain 1972-3

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Naum Gabo (1890‑1977)
Revolving Torsion, Fountain
Date 1972-3
MediumStainless steel
Dimensionsobject: 3099 x 3353 x 3353 mm
Acquisition Presented by Alistair McAlpine (later Lord McAlpine of West Green) 1973
Not on display

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Naum Gabo 1890-1977

T01754 Revolving Torsion, Fountain 1972-3

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Stainless steel, 122 x 132 x 132 (310 x 335 x 335)
Presented by Alistair McAlpine 1973
Prov: Alistair McAlpine, London (who paid the cost of its construction)
Repr: exh. catalogue Naum Gabo: The Constructive Process, Tate Gallery, November 1976-January 1977, p.33 (but not exhibited)

When on a visit to Gabo's studio in the United States in 1968 the Director of the Tate Gallery, Sir Norman Reid, was told by Gabo of his hopes of seeing his maquette 'Torsion (Project for a Fountain)' carried out as a full-scale working fountain. Arrangements were made to send the maquette to London and Sir Norman undertook to find a sponsor and a suitable site. The project was explained to Alistair McAlpine who undertook to pay all the costs of having the fountain made and when this had been done presented it to the Tate… (read more)

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