Five major new outdoor sculptures in bronze, cast iron and stainless steel by Tony Cragg are on display along the Exhibition Road in London’s first outdoor exhibition of the artists’s work. Six further works are being shown inside the V&A, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. Tony Cragg at Exhibition Road re-imagines the relationship between the road and the museums established following the Great Exhibition of 1851, providing artistic links across the sites. Cragg studied at the nearby Royal College of Art, and worked in a studio at the rear of the Science Museum from 1973 to 1977. His practice has been directly influenced by the three museum collections and this exhibition shows his sculptures placed adjacent to the artefacts and objects that inspired them, with motifs from science and nature appearing alongside references to classical sculpture.
According to Cragg, Lost in Thought, consisting of stacked laminated wood made in precise forms, and then carefully carved, displayed at the Science Museum, is a work about ‘movement, dynamics and psychologies both of the human mind and of sculpture’. It reflects the rigid yet natural pathways we associate with being lost in thought.
Tony Cragg at Exhibition Road. 25th August – 25th November 2012. Presented by the Cass Sculpture Foundation in collaboration with the Exhibition Road Cultural Group and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Images: Tony Cragg. Courtesy of the artist and Cass Sculpture Foundation.
2. Lost in Thought, 2011. Photo: Stuart Wilson
5. Mixed Feelings
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