Naum Gabo

Spiral Theme

About this artwork

This is one of four small models which precede two large sculptures. The sculpture is small enough to hold quite comfortably in two hands. Gabo's 'Spiral Theme' works are considered his most successful and were made while the artist was living near St Ives in Cornwall. The plastic materials were provided by a friend who worked for Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI). Using transparent materials in his sculptures allowed Gabo to sculpt with space itself. In keeping with the constructivist ethos, Gabo constructed his sculptures from independent elements rather than by carving or modelling.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Spiral Theme
  • date created:
    1941
  • materials:
    Celluloid on perspex base
  • measurements:
    Base 0.20 x 15.90 x 15.60 cm; 6.80 x 16.80 x 11.30 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1986
  • accession number:
    GMA 2978
  • gallery:
Does this text contain inaccurate information or language that you feel we should improve or change? Tell us what you think.

Naum Gabo

Naum Gabo