David Smith
The Five Spring 1956

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David Smith 1906–1965
The Five Spring
Date 1956
Medium Steel
Dimensions Object: 1965 x 940 x 380 mm
Lent from the collection of Candida and Rebecca Smith 1984
On long term loan

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Smith started as a painter but realised that he could make sculptures using the welding skills he had picked up while working in a car factory as a young man. He continued to paint and draw, and saw a relationship between his sculpture and the gestural style of his drawings. Like many of Smith’s works, The Five Spring uses found machine parts, and the title refers to its five principal elements, one of which is a spring mechanism.

July 2012

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