Eduardo Paolozzi

Paolozzi (JPG)Camera, 1978-79
Iron, nine parts
nine parts, 114 x 505 x 535 cm
Munich, Bob-van-Benthem-Platz 1
(c) VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2013; Photo: Jörg Koopmann

Providing a space equally suited to relaxation and play, Camera's nine iron forms on the grounds of the EPO's headquarters in Munich call to mind seating arrangements, topographical landscapes, even machine parts. This piece belongs to a series of works in which Eduardo Paolozzi (*1924 Leith, GB, † 2005 London, GB) sought to provoke direct and playful interaction between children and art. Throughout his career Paolozzi devoted himself to the role of art for life or art as part of life, co-founding in the early the 1950s the Independent Group which explored the relationship between popular culture and art, and significantly influenced the British development of pop art. In addition to his outdoor work, exemplified by Camera, Paolozzi designed an album cover for Paul McCartney as well as the entrance to a London Underground station. As a group, the individual parts of Camera, which were initially formed as polystyrene models and then moulded in cast iron, form a communicative space that works both at ground level and when viewed from the upper floors of the EPO building.

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