About this artwork

This work is one if a series of ‘book’ sculptures made by Scobie in the late 1970s - early 1980s. They explore the sculptural possibilities of the book as a visual object. As Scobie described: “they all express in different ways, nature, the erotic, and I hope, some kind of abstract spiritual reality, the recognition of which I can only leave to the viewer”. ‘Wittgenstein’s Dream’ is the amalgamation of a still life and a book and was made at a time when the artist was beginning to experiment with methods of casting. The title refers to a dream that the Austrian philosopher, Wittgenstein, had and alludes to the border between reality and the dream-world.

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  • artist:
  • title:
    Book: Wittgenstein's Dream
  • date created:
    1979
  • materials:
    Bronze
  • measurements:
    Open 5.00 x 51.70 x 83.80 cm; closed 6.20 x 43.20 x 51.70 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1980
  • accession number:
    GMA 2152
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Gavin Scobie

Gavin Scobie