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© Tony Cragg

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Kahzernarbeit 1985

Not on display

This was the first work by Cragg to enter the collection of the Scottish National Modern One. It was made at a crucial point in Cragg's career, when his sculpture was developing a more monumental quality. With its coat-stand, suitcase and milk-churn held in the grip of a wriggling length of plastic sewage pipes, Kahzenarbeit is a modern reworking of the classical sculpture of Laöcoon, which depicts the said hero and his two sons being squeezed to death by a giant serpent.


  • Acc. No. GMA 4293
  • Medium Wooden coat-stand with brass hooks; plastic waste-pipe elements; suitcase in imitation leather with metal hinges and fixtures; metal milk churn with plastic top and string
  • Size 184.50 x 259.00 x 103.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1999