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© trustees of the Paolozzi Foundation, licensed by DACS 2023. Photo credit: University of Edinburgh

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'Krokadeel' was included in Paolozzi's 1960 show at the Venice Biennale, alongside other works ('Frog Eating a Lizard' 1957, 'Wounded Animal' 1958, 'Chinese Dog' 1958, among others). 'Krokadeel' and other bronze heads from the same period represent an attempt by Paolozzi to transfer collage techniques from paper to sculpture. They also reflect Paolozzi's exploration of new ways to incorporate more objects into his sculptures (found objects, bits of machinery, toys, ephemera etc.). He devised a new casting technique to achieve the desired effect: he would impress the object onto plaster before pouring hot wax into the mould, resulting in a wax sheet (when cool). This provided him with a versatile way of including the cast objects directly in his sculptures.

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H 93 x W 62 x D 20 cm

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bequest from the artist's estate

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