Eduardo Paolozzi

Mr Cruikshank

About this artwork

This was Eduardo Paolozzi's first sculpture that took a ready-made machine as its subject, in this case, the head of a crash test dummy. It was based on an article in the National Geographic Magazine of 1950, which featured a segmented head used to measure irradiation on the human skull. It was also the first head Paolozzi cut into sections, which were then reassembled. Such deconstruction and reconstruction of forms and shapes became central to Paolozzi's work. Although the bronze is inscribed with the date '1959', this may be the casting date, and it could have been conceived as early as 1950.

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  • artist:
    Eduardo PaolozziScottish (1924 - 2005)
  • title:
    Mr Cruikshank
  • date created:
    1950 or 1959
  • materials:
    Bronze
  • measurements:
    27.00 x 28.20 x 20.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995
  • accession number:
    GMA 4057
  • gallery:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Eduardo Paolozzi

Eduardo Paolozzi