Tony Cragg: A rare category of objects outdoors

For many of us I guess it is our extra-curricular activities which provide the stimulation and energy in our lives and the day job is simply a means to an end. And this, I suspect, is particularly true of most artists. Just occasionally though, such in the case of the sculptor Tony Cragg, it is the day job which has inspired their artistic creativity and vision. Tony apparently began life as a lab technician in the rubber industry, and even now 50 years later you get a strong sense of moulds and wobbling rubber in his work.faces in sculpture

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‘Gentleman come try your skill’

Actually the quote doesn’t relate to the Martin brothers pictured in my header photograph, but to something called a puzzle jug. Puzzle jugs were an 18th century drinking game, where the drinker was encouraged by the inscription on the side of a jug to drink from it without spilling any of the contents. Sounds relatively easy until you see the jug! Note the position of the numerous spouts.

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