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Like many of Neagu’s ‘palpable objects’, this work contains many small boxes or compartments. These boxes are filled with small metallic objects which the spectator was invited to feel.

Great Tactile Table is the largest of a group of sculptures with compartments arranged to form human figures. Neagu called these figures ‘anthropocosmos’, a term combining the Greek words for man and universe. The compartmentalised structure refers to the cellular composition of the human body. It is also a metaphor for larger systems, such as society, which consist of individual yet interrelated parts.

August 2004