Eduardo Paolozzi 1924-2005
T00812 Rizla 1965
Aluminium alloy, 65 x 83 x 59 (165 x 211 x 150).
Purchased from the artist through the Robert Fraser Gallery (Grant-in-Aid) 1965.
‘Rizla’ is one of a series of four works made largely from the same parts but assembled into different configurations. Some of these parts are standard sections, for example the square channels in the upper grill. Others are specially cast from designs made by the artist. The lower grill is made of such specially cast semi-cylindrical sections and the wavy framing of cast channels is made in this way with top and end pieces welded on. The serpent is made up of 90° and 180° curves of semi-cylindrical section.
Sub-assemblies are welded up out of individual parts and are as large as can be held against the polisher. Trial assemblies are made from these larger units and are tacked together by small welds which can be broken to permit new conjunctions, until the final arrangmenet is made and the whole welded together. This work is done on the factory floor by craftsmen under the supervision of the artist…