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Like many artists in this display, Koenig was interested in the lives of the working class. From the mid-1950s onwards she regularly sketched people working in factories. These drawings were the source material for her sculptures.

The bronzes capture people in all their physical diversity, performing their allotted tasks with varying degrees of enthusiasm. As such they were not idealised visions of the dignity of labour but purported to be truthful records of factory life.

September 2004