Thomas Hirschhorn

Candelabra with Heads

2006

Original title
Chandelier avec têtes
Medium
Wood, tape, polythene and polystyrene
Dimensions
Object: 2800 x 4340 x 875 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased using funds provided by the 2006 Outset / Frieze Art Fair Fund to benefit the Tate Collection 2007
Reference
T12369

Display caption

Hirschhorn is known for his sculptures and installations made from everyday materials such as cardboard, plastic and paper, bound together with brown packing tape. This work was originally part of an exhibition called Concretions, a term from geology and medicine that suggests the gradual growth of a solid mass. Hirschhorn related the theme to a broader social and spiritual petrification. Here the faces of mannequins seem to be emerging from – or submerged into – larger biomorphic forms.

Gallery label, July 2012