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Spring ‘Seasons’ Cock is one of the sequences of bird sculptures Meadows made during the 1950s. The vital tension of this piece comes partly from the distinctive, highly textured surface. The sculpture was roughed out in plaster on an armature and, when this had dried, the final form was modelled in further plaster which was wet enough to be malleable but dry enough to adhere. When tacky the plaster could be worked with a knife and with time could be carved. This technique was used extensively in Meadow’s work.

February 2010