Civic Art

In Minds

In Minds

At the corner of Bagby and Walker streets stands the magnificent two-part sculpture In Minds dated 2001- 2002 by internationally renowned artist, Tony Cragg. Cast bronze with stainless steel armature, the narrow form (28' x 4') weighs 1800 lbs. while the shorter, more voluminous form (22' x 11') weighs 3800 lbs. The work was cast in Germanyand shipped to the Houstonfrom the Port of Rotterdam in Holland.

Tony Cragg
Tony Cragg, born in Liverpool , England in 1949 has created eclectic yet classic sculptures since the 1970s. Cragg studied at Gloucester College of Art and Design in Cheltenham (1968-69), Wimbledon School of Art (1969-72) and the Royal College of Art (1972-77). In 1977, Cragg moved to > Wuppertal , Germany where he currently resides. With gallery shows and museum openings around the world, Cragg's pieces assert the artist's individuality with his elaborate installations, inventive materials, and humanitarian themes. He is known best for the unpredictability and diversity of his materials, which include tree trunks, plastic, rubber, copper, and glass. From the start of his career, Cragg has innovatively explored the restrictions of his materials with artistic techniques that constantly push conventional limits. His earliest works, from the 70s, consist of found materials that he used to create geometric sculptures and abstract images on gallery floors and walls. A decade later, Cragg used more refined materials such as copper and bronze to create organic representations of laboratory equipment, inspired by his work as a lab technician from 1966 to 1968 at the Natural Rubber Producers Research Association. Cragg continues to test conventional artistic confines. His pieces have most recently been exhibited in the Marian Goodman Gallery in New York. Cragg was awarded the Turner Prize in 1988 and was elected Royal Academician in 1994.

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