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Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, R.A.
1924-2005
SUWASA
cast, extruded and welded aluminum
height: 222cm., 87½in.; width: 330cm., 130in.; depth: 97cm., 38in.
Executed in 1966 and modified by the Artist in 1974 for the Wallingford commission, the present work is unique.
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Provenance

Acquired by Sir Terence Conran for Habitat, Wallingford, 1974-1994

Exhibited

Otterlo, Holland, Kroller-Muller Museum, Eduardo Paolozzi and Anthony Caro, 7th May - 2nd July 1967 (illustrated on catalogue cover, as Es Es);
London, St James', Economist Plaza, 1967;
Wallingford, Habitat Playground, until 1994;
Wakefield, Bretton Hall, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Eduardo Paolozzi: A Birthday Celebration, August - October 1994, then on long-term loan until 2010.

Literature

Alison and Peter Smithson, The Shift, Architectural Monographs 7, Academy Editions, London, 1982, illustrated p.35;
Diane Kirkpatrick, Eduardo Paolozzi, Studio Vista, London, 1970, illustrated fig.59, p.72 (as EsEs);
Winfried Konnertz, Eduardo Paolozzi, Du Mont, Cologne, 1984, p.140, 142, illustrated fig.284, p.148 (as EsEs);
Robin Spencer (ed.), Eduardo Paolozzi: Writings and Interviews, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2000, pp.305.

Catalogue Note

Suwasa, which is the title Paolozzi gave the sculpture in 1994 for the exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, was first called Es Es when it was made in 1966. It was originally painted red, with blue lining (photograph 66/142 by Norman Cotterell , vol. 5, Paolozzi Collection, Tate Archive 9411). Like the ‘wall’ sculpture Trishula, it was built from the six-sided lozenge shaped unit, one of Paolozzi’s ‘vocabulary of aluminium forms’, which he developed at Juby’s ‘Alpha’ Engineering Works, Ipswich, in the 1960s. Diane Kirkpatrick, writing in 1970, described it as a ‘stately composition’. The architects Alison and Peter Smithson borrowed the sculpture for the plaza of their Economist building (1959-64) in St James’s, Piccadilly, after it had been shown in the Paolozzi-Caro exhibition in Holland earlier that year.

Robin Spencer

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