Janus Column

2003
Cast iron, Corten steel
177 x 95 x 80 cm
Edition of 6

This work evolved from a working cast iron mould and became the basis for the larger scale version titled Janus Head. The Column serves to both elevate the mould forms and also connect it to the tradition of marking a boundary in the ancient Roman tradition with a Herm, a stone column topped by a head, quite often a depiction of Janus.

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About The Artist

The human form is often central to Peter Burke’s sculpture, as with Antony Gormley, who began working at a similar time, Burke often uses casts of a model to express a sense of universality in his sculpture. Working in steel and iron, using industrial processes, Burke’s engineering background has strongly informed his working practice. His work often reflects mankind’s relationship with mass–production and standardisation through a rhythm and repetition of materials.

Peter Burke

Born: 1944

Other Artworks by Peter Burke at CASS

1996

Host

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2003

Janus Head

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