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This free-standing sculpture is made from a single copper sheet wrapped around and concealing a wood post. The post is weighted at the bottom by a lead base and waxed on the exposed upper end. The surface of the outer covering is richly patinated and the copper sheet is cut and bent at the top into wing-like forms. These contrast with the stark simplicity of the totem-like form it surmounts. This is one of two early vertical works and, as in Wilding's more recent sculptures, it brings together separate materials and contrasting forms in a conjunction at once satisfying and slightly mysterious.

August 2004