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Historically portrait busts have celebrated an individual, but this sculpture commemorates a scientific device. It is based on the model of a human head developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For this work Paolozzi cut up tin cans into thin strips and soldered the metal together to make the bust. The subject, material and technique are all manifestations of the burgeoning technological age of the 1950s.

Eduardo Paolozzi was born at Leith, near Edinburgh in 1924. He lives and works in London.

August 2004