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Concorde: Walden I and Walden II

© Tom Phillips. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo credit: British Council Collection

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The artist says of this work, 'People in a landscape near Bristol watch Concorde take off. In another picture of the same format the greens that made the landscape become synthetic fields under a synthetic sky made from the blues in the sky that holds the aeroplane: the other colours (the people mostly) go to make rainbows. Above and below each landscape is a catalogue of the colours used in the order of their use. In the corners are week by week catalogues of the resulting terminal greys. The first is the spirit of Walden and the Concorde philosophers (R. Waldo Emerson is there, and Thoreau himself, the pencilmaker) and the music of Charles Ives|: the second is the spirit of Walden Two, B. F. Skinner's contraption and over this hovers the trace of the plane, carrying taxes to oblivion.

British Council Collection





acrylic on canvas


H 182.8 x W 365.6 cm

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purchased from Angela Flowers Gallery, 1972

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British Council Collection

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