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Dying for It
© David Mach

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Dying for It 1989

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
David Mach is renowned for his large-scale sculptures made of everyday materials. This work uses glass bottles filled with coloured water to create the shape of a woman lying on her back with her legs spread. It also echoes the shape of the Scottish flag. Mach made his first bottle piece in 1979. As a student he had worked in a bottling plant during his summer holidays and, impressed by the large production plant, he wanted to create works which were on the same imposing scale. This sculpture was commissioned by the Scottish National Modern One.

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When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.



  • Acc. No. GMA 3469
  • Medium Glass bottles, water, dye and emulsion paint
  • Size 22.50 x 300.00 x 207.00 cm (excluding base)
  • Credit Commissioned 1989