Eduardo Paolozzi

His Majesty the Wheel

About this artwork

In the mid–1950s, Paolozzi invented an unusual assemblage technique which parallels the collage process. He would press objects such as cogs, nuts, and machine parts into clay to leave an imprint, pour wax over the surface, lift the wax off when dry, and construct sculptures from these wax sheets. The fragile assemblage would then be cast in bronze. The earlier figures made in this way were often recognisably human. His Majesty the Wheel is less a disfiguration of the human form than a construction of modular machine elements. 

Published January 2024

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  • artist:
    Eduardo Paolozzi (1924 - 2005) Scottish
  • title:
    His Majesty the Wheel
  • date created:
    1958 - 1959
  • materials:
    Bronze
  • measurements:
    183.00 x 70.00 x 50.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1989
  • accession number:
    GMA 3449
  • gallery:
  • artwork photographed by:
    Antonia Reeve
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Eduardo Paolozzi

Eduardo Paolozzi