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The sculptures, wall paintings and other works created by Opie in the 1990s look like simplified illustrations from instruction manuals or children?s picture books. Each work starts from a mundane reality: a particular car seen parked on a road, an actual office block standing in a town centre. While recognisable, this life-size model of a Volvo is no longer specific. It has become a diagram or sign that stands for a type of car.

September 2004