Naum Gabo

Column

About this artwork

Gabo made preliminary designs for 'Column' in 1921 with the idea of making it into a large public sculpture, towering over the hills near Moscow. He made the first of a series of small, three-dimensional models, using glass, metal and new plastics the following year but owing to the size and nature of the work, and the unstable nature of new plastics, he was unable to convert the models into the desired monumental size. In the 1960s, as Gabo’s reputation as one of the most important and innovative twentieth-century sculptors spread, he began to think about realising the work on a less monumental scale. In the early 1970s his discovery of a new type of glass, manufactured by Pilkington Brothers in England, made construction of the work possible and two examples of the nearly two-metre tall sculpture were made.

  • title:
    Column
  • accession number:
    GMA 5586
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  • materials:
    Glass, perspex, stainless steel
  • date created:
    1921 - 1922 / 1975
  • measurements:
    189.20 x 156.50 x 156.50 cm
  • credit line:
    Accepted under the Cultural Gifts Scheme by HM Government from Graham Williams on behalf of himself and his wife, Nina Williams, and allocated to The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 2017
  • copyright:
    The Work of Naum Gabo © Nina and Graham Williams

Naum Gabo

Naum Gabo