Sir Eduardo Paolozzi Cyclops 1957

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Artist
Title
Cyclops
Date 1957
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 1111 x 305 x 203 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1958
Reference
T00225
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1950

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The skin of this lumbering bronze figure is imprinted with broken machine-parts and other industrial debris. Paolozzi made it by pressing pieces of metal into a bed of moist clay, and then pouring molten wax into the clay mould. He constructed the model from these sheets of wax forms and finally cast it in bronze. Based on the brutish one-eyed giants of classical mythology, its pierced armour and dilapidated state has been seen as an ironic comment on the condition of man in the nuclear age.

August 2004

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