Bill WoodrowElephant 1984

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Artist
Bill Woodrow (born 1948)
Title
Elephant
Date 1984
MediumVehicle doors, 2 maps and vacuum cleaner
Dimensionsdisplayed: 3850 x 8200 x 4650 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Janet Wolfson de Botton 1996 to celebrate the Tate Gallery Centenary 1997
Reference
T07169

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Woodrow has commented: 'The head, mounted colonial fashion on the wall, was constructed around an ironing board because of its triangular shape and strong frame. I used the ear shape of some old wall maps of Africa and South America... The fact that they are third world continents soon became the point of the work. I thought of jungles, deserts, shanty towns, natural forces, technology, tribes, revolutions¿ This finally produced an elephant lifting an automatic weapon from a water hole, with the car doors I had found at a breaker''s yard forming its banks.'

October 2000

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