Sir Eduardo Paolozzi Daedalus 1993

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Artist
Title
Daedalus
Date 1993
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 1800 x 570 x 675 mm, 185 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1995
Reference
T06958
Not on display

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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.

August 2004

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