Tower

2001
Painted steel
370 x 330 x 168 cm
Edition of 1
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Tower was commissioned by Cass Sculpture Foundation as a one–fifth scale maquette for a fifteen–meter tower. It was a development on Caro’s earlier monumental sculptures at Cass Sculpture Foundation: Goodwood Steps, 1994 and The Tower of Discovery, 1991. Tower reflects Caro’s interest at the time in creating work that embodied a dialogue between architecture and sculpture. Inspired by famous towers such as The Tower of Babel, which upon construction intended to reach the heavens, is said to have had its origins in the ziggurat, a vast sacred edifice of brick that featured in the larger Sumerian cities of Mesopotamia. In this tower a staircase led from the ground to a temple at the summit, which Anthony Caro’s vast, open tower intends to appropriates. Unlike his earlier architectural pieces, which played with mass, Tower has adopted a lighter, more linear, rhythmic feel than Caro’s earlier works.

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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.

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Anthony Caro

Born: 1924

Other Artworks by Anthony Caro at CASS

1994

Goodwood Steps

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1991

The Tower of Discovery

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