Gilberto Zorio Terracotta Circle 1969

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Artist
Gilberto Zorio born 1944
Title
Terracotta Circle
Date 1969
Medium Terracotta, lead, glass and aluminium
Dimensions Displayed: 1850 x 1800 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with funds provided by an anonymous donor 2009
Reference
T12951

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Terracotta Circle looks back to classical ideas about human proportion. The diameter is based on the artist’s arm-span and the circle was moulded as he moved around at floor level. The work also marks out the height of the body, as a glass platform with a thin layer of lead hangs at head height. Many of Zorio’s early sculptures explored energy and change: crystals grew up metallic structures, substances altered colour when damp, live electric elements draped from the wall, and painted surfaces fluoresced under ultra-violet lights.

July 2011

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