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'The Watchers' was purchased for Loughborough College of Advanced Technology in 1966. It was subject to major restoration work by the conservator Laura Davies in the summer of 2022, with support from the Henry Moore Foundation. The figures’ ominous presence and anxious forms make it easy to see why the critic Herbert Read named Chadwick as a member of the ‘geometry of fear’ movement in British post-war sculpture. Chadwick, however, insisted he was guided more by form and structure than the post-war loss of faith in reason and progress Read referenced, and named the Moai statues of Rapa Nui as a key influence on The Watchers. Lynn Chadwick trained as an architectural designer before experimenting with sculpture, which he took up as a full-time occupation following commissions for the Festival of Britain and the 1951 Battersea Park Open Air Sculpture Exhibition.
H 235 x W 34 x D 74 cm;
Plinth: H 22 x W 340 x D 163 cm
at all times
at the foot of the central figure, mounted on plinth: THE WATCHERS / by / LYNN CHADWICK / 1966