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Paolozzi lived and worked in Hamburg from 1960-62 and the nature of his work changed from the encrusted bronzes of the 1950s to more clear-cut machine-like shapes. He stated that wanted to eliminate from his work 'arty' qualities and replace these with an anonymous engineered feel. The elements in this work are a mixture of castings from ordinary machine parts with castings from forms designed by the artist. The artist said 'I am using anonymity in the same sense that the actual raw materials, when they arrive and lie around on the floor of the workshop are things that nobody would give a second glance... Part of the battle is to try, and resolve these anonymous materials into... a poetic idea'.

August 2004