The Tower of Discovery

1991
Painted steel
671 x 554 x 554 cm
Edition of 1

The Tower of Discovery was originally made for an exhibition of Caro’s work at the Tate Gallery in 1991. The Tower of Discovery forms part of a body of work in which Caro was exploring architecture and geometry, developing work with baroque detail. Works from this time were made more as an architect might work, from a small model and drawings and constructed under Caro’s constant supervision.The meaning of the title, The Tower of Discovery has several different meanings. It is about an intimate experience of discovering its own form—in particular its interior and exterior space and it is about the experience of discovering this tower by surprise in the landscape. Caro remarked about this sculpture “it is intended to be interacted with by the public, and something that is not only aesthetic but also to do with body language. In the making we had to be careful that it did not become too much like architecture and not like this contorting thing where you have to find your way in and around it, exploring it. I had always thought that if you were to put a limit on sculpture it would be that sculpture is something that you are outside of, but why?”

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About The Artist

Sir Anthony Caro is widely regarded as one of the world's greatest sculptors and renowned for introducing a radical departure from the way sculpture had hitherto been exhibited. Although he abandoned his earlier style which was highly figurative his work still retained a relationship to the figure through its gestural qualities and scale. Over the ensuing decades, Caro has developed and expanded what he called “the language of sculpture.” Caro worked in steel, comprising beams, girders and other industrial materials, which he frequently painted in bright primary colours. He also worked with other materials, including bronze, silver, lead, wood and paper.

Caro was obsessed with the immediate, real and physical presence of sculpture in relation to a viewer and making the 'sculpture more real. He wished to reverse conventional perspectives about materials, surface, scale, form and space, which he successfully accomplished by radically reworking heavy-weight and industrial materials. He changed the way we look at these materials, changing their symbolic relationship to industry and placing them in an art context. He also pioneered the removal of the plinth in art, by placing his work directly onto the ground, which became a proliferated and adopted aesthetic in contemporary sculpture.

Anthony Caro

Born: 1924

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