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Step Dated 1974

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Step’, made in spring 1974, is one of Scobie’s first large-scale, welded aluminium sculptures, made simultaneously with a related work, ‘Turn’, but preceded by a much larger work, ‘Iris’. While his work was indebted to Donald Judd and Sol LeWitt, being unyielding and abstract, these three works marked a move towards a more personal, almost figurative mode. ‘Step’ was partly inspired by Auguste Rodin’s ‘Walking Man’ from 1877-8, in the sense of a figure having a strong forward movement, yet being balanced on two scissor-like legs; ‘Step’ carries a related sense of movement and precarious balance. This idea is cemented in the title.

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Abstract art

Art in which there is no attempt to represent anything existing in the world, particularly used of the 20th century onwards. ‘Abstraction’ refers to the process of making images that may in part derive from the visible world but which are reduced to basic formal elements.

Figurative art

A general term for art that refers to the real, visible world, used more specifically for the representation of the human figure.

Abstract art, Figurative art


  • Acc. No. GMA 2950
  • Medium Aluminium
  • Size 204.50 x 110.50 x 32.00 cm
  • Credit Presented by Mrs Gabrielle Keiller 1985