Elisabeth Frink

Horizontal Birdman III

About this artwork

Like the tall Birdman figure of about 1960, this work was inspired by photographs of the adventurer Léo Valentin, who strapped aerodynamic wings to his arms and jumped from a flying plane, only to fall to his death at an air show in 1956. Frink made a much larger variant of this figure for Manchester airport, to commemorate the first transatlantic flight made by British aviators Alcock and Brown. The form also references the crucifixion. It was cast in bronze in an edition of eight.

Published November 2021

  • artist:
    Elisabeth FrinkEnglish (1930 - 1993)
  • title:
    Horizontal Birdman III
  • date created:
    1964
  • materials:
    Bronze
  • measurements:
    15.90 x 34.30 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Provided to the National Galleries of Scotland in accordance with the wishes of the artist’s late son, Lin Jammet, 2020
  • accession number:
    GMA 5677
  • gallery:
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Elisabeth Frink

Elisabeth Frink