After the War

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Eduardo Paolozzi

Table Sculpture (Growth)
1949
Like many artists working in the post-war period, Paolozzi was interested in contemporary developments in science and technology and in themes of growth and rebirth. Artists looked to nature and constructed their work on organic principles, inspired by D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson’s influential book ‘On Growth and Form’, revised in 1942, which was illustrated with pictures of cellular structures. In the 1951 group exhibition ‘Growth and Form’ at the ICA in London, artworks were displayed among X-rays, scientific films and blown-up photographs from microscopes. The shapes in this sculpture suggest plants emerging from the ground with their roots below, as found in botanical models.
  • Credits Purchased 1988
  • Medium Bronze
  • Size 83.00 x 60.50 x 39.00 cm
© Eduardo Paolozzi 2004. All Rights Reserved, DACS
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  • © Eduardo Paolozzi 2004. All Rights Reserved, DACS

Science & Technology

Many important inventions and scientific developments were advanced due to war-time research. These included nuclear power, radar, the jet engine, the transistor and the first digital computers.