Mr Cruikshank
© Trustees of the Paolozzi Foundation, Licensed by DACS 2006

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Mr Cruikshank 1950 or 1959
  • Scottish Art
This was Eduardo Paolozzi's first sculpture that took a ready-made machine as its subject, in this case, the head of a crash test dummy. It was based on an article in the National Geographic Magazine of 1950, which featured a segmented head used to measure irradiation on the human skull. It was also the first head Paolozzi cut into sections, which were then reassembled. Such deconstruction and reconstruction of forms and shapes became central to Paolozzi's work. Although the bronze is inscribed with the date '1959', this may be the casting date, and it could have been conceived as early as 1950.

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Cast

The production of a sculpture by use of a mould to make a copy, usually in a more durable material, of the original work. The term is used to describe both the process and the resulting object.

Readymade

A term coined by Marcel Duchamp to describe an existing object that is taken from its original context and regarded as a work of art.

Cast, Readymade

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 4057
  • Medium Bronze
  • Size 27.00 x 28.20 x 20.00 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995