Bob LawTall Obelisk with Two Holes and a Notch 1981

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Artist
Bob Law (1934‑2004)
Title
Tall Obelisk with Two Holes and a Notch
Date 1981
MediumBronze
Dimensionsobject: 3210 x 1090 x 290 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 2006
Reference
T12179
Not on display

Summary

This narrow, bronze spike over three metres high stands just off centre atop a thick, brick-like slab which also serves as the sculpture’s plinth. The work’s title, Tall Obelisk with Two Holes and a Notch, explicitly describes the ‘inscriptions’ with which the artist has treated the shaft of the sculpture; at two points, one approximately half-way along its length and the second just below its pyramidal tip, a small square window has been punched through the bronze. The visual effect of these two punctures is to destabilise the integrity of the metal as well as to open up the form’s density at eye-level and above, which, because of its thinness, begins to read as a line as much as a three-dimensional object despite its towering height… (read more)

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