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Bird 1959
The experience of growing up during the war years strongly affected Frink’s sculpture. This work is one of a number of bronzes, executed in the 1950s, in which animal forms are given a menacing, military appearance. Although only thirty-eight centimetres high, this bird appears simultaneously aggressive, powerful and like a damaged but defiant survivor of a nuclear attack. Typical of the sculptor’s early work, the distressed, textured surface and spindly, striding legs of the bird recall the work of Giacometti, who Frink cited as a great influence.


  • Acc. No. GMA 1108
  • Medium Bronze
  • Size 38.00 x 37.20 x 25.30 cm
  • Credit Presented by Mrs M.E.B. Scott Hay 1970