Eduardo Paolozzi: Collaging CultureEduardo Paolozzi: Collaging Culture

Public Monuments and Late Works

Paolozzi developed a new abstract vocabulary in the 1970s that was inspired by a reproduction of a 1920s German abstract painting representing organ music. He created a series of sculptural assemblage reliefs for restaurants and public spaces, such as the Apicella Relief, and related screenprints including the 'Calcium Light Night' portfolio, which was based on the 'collage' approach of the music of the American composer Charles Ives.

Much of Paolozzi's later output was focussed on public commissions, ranging from a monumental steel sculpture for the 1970 World Expo in Osaka, Japan, to street sculptures in London, Edinburgh and Munich, and the vibrant mosaic decorations for Tottenham Court Road Underground station. Several of these sculptures, such as the Euston Head, revisit earlier themes in the artist's work: man's relationship with technology and the fragmented head. Many of his ideas were brought together in his sculpture of 'Newton after Blake' commissioned by the architect Colin St John Wilson for the forecourt of the British Library, which was unveiled in 1997.