On View

Untitled (Shell)

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Untitled (Shell)

Artist: Tony Cragg (British, 1949 - 2016)
Date: 1988
Medium: cast steel
Dimensions:
Overall: 43 x 87 x 79 in. (109.2 x 221 x 200.7 cm.)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Coffin Fine Arts Trust; Nathan Emory Coffin Collection of the Des Moines Art Center, 2000.1
Accession number: 2000.1
Classification: sculpture
Copyright:ARS
Label TextTony Cragg came to sculpture through science and the process of observing things. He is inspired by the idea that nature develops by stages into culture. In Untitled (Conch Shell), the brass instrument cases tucked under the large mollusk shell reflect this thinking. A possible interpretation suggests that the instrument cases represent culture’s reproduction of nature’s case – the conch shell, which protects the primal “music” of blood flowing through body. The shell, overtaking the cases either by delivering or devouring them, suggests the philosophy that that which comes from the earth returns to it.
Exhibition HistoryStedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, May 13 - July 2, 1989

"Tony Cragg: XLIII Biennale di Venezia," Organized by the British Council, June 26 - Sept. 25, 1988
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