Paolozzi’s fascination with anatomy, machine parts, and the idiom of classical statuary is evident in these modernist sculptural forms. The neoclassicism of Amphitheatre gives way to 20th-century brutalism in Abstract Composition; both betray a fascination with the materiality of public architecture. Foot of a Statue suggests the foot of an ancient Colossus – severed from the rest of the body, it becomes a symbol of fragmentation, of a civilisation’s decline. Together, the sculptures form a study of ancient and modern architectural spaces, and how the human body might interact with them.


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