- Sir Eduardo Paolozzi 1924–2005
- Object: 1800 x 570 x 675 mm, 185 kg
- Purchased 1995
In Greek mythology, Daedalus was a master, best known for building a great labyrinth on the island of Crete. The name Daedalus means ‘skilfully wrought’, and Paolozzi pays tribute to him as a fellow sculptor.
This fragmented, machine-like figure was constructed from loosely geometric body parts, which appear to have been bolted together or stacked on top of one another. The wheeled platform suggests the carts used in a bronze foundry, a direct allusion to Daedalus’s role as a sculptor. This close identification suggests the sculpture may be seen as a self-portrait of the artist.
Gallery label, August 2004