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Paolozzi described this collage as divided into two categories of ‘contemporary’ and ‘historical’. The contemporary element consists of largely abstract, coloured patterns made from striped wrapping paper and paper construction kits for children. The historical images include mechanical diagrams from technical instruction manuals from the 1910s, square patterns from Pearson’s Weekly in the 1920s, and the reproduction of a religious scene taken from The Electrical Wonders of the World, which illustrates the use of light effects for film production.

March 2007