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Now I've got real worry (Mask and L-bar)
© Martin Boyce

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Now I've got real worry (Mask and L-bar) 1998 - 1999

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
The mask element in this work is made from the top of a plywood leg splint designed by Charles and Ray Eames and manufactured in 1942-3. The metal L-bar is part of the Eames-designed storage units (ESU 400s) which were manufactured in 1950-5. Boyce compares the ethos in which the objects were originally made during the post-war boom (using manufacturing techniques developed by the military for mass-production), to the cultural role they now fulfil, based on fashionable taste and monetary value. He deliberately altered the items - making the leg splint into a tribal mask and the L-bar into a spear - in order to highlight their changed role.


  • Acc. No. GMA 4371
  • Medium Plywood with wire hanging fixture; steel rod with plastic foot (damaged L-bar from ESU 400 storage unit designed 1950 by Charles and Ray Eames; and altered plywood leg splint designed and manufactured by Charles and Ray Eames in 1942-43)
  • Size 38.00 x 19.80 x 7.50 cm; 148.90 x 1.80 x 1.80 cm
  • Credit Purchased with the Iain Paul Fund 2001