Sculpture of a Piece of Paper
© David Shrigley

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Sculpture of a Piece of Paper 1997
  • Scottish Art
This sculpture was made by folding and scrunching up a large piece of paper then smoothing it out again and making a cast of it. In so doing, the artist has monumentalised a very ordinary and disposable object by painstakingly making an impression of it in plaster and casting it in fibreglass to create a unique work of art. David Shrigley’s art often uses elements of surprise and humour in a subtle and understated way. The sculpture is displayed on the floor of the gallery, making it look like it has been discarded. The work has a certain sense of pathos, derived from the fact that it represents an unused piece of paper, simultaneously unfulfilled and full of possibilities.

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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.



  • Acc. No. GMA 4244
  • Medium Fibreglass and resin pigment
  • Size 0.20 x 59.30 x 84.80 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1998