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Alexander Iolas

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Takis (Panayiotis Vassilakis)
B. 1925
SIGNAL
iron 
height: 300cm., 118in., base: 23 by 28.5cm., 9 by 11in.
executed circa 1966 - 68; this work is unique
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Catalogue Note

Takis first started working on his Signals in 1955 when, while waiting at Calais train station following his Hanover Gallery exhibition in London, he was struck by the metal constructions of the railway. First consisting of thin steel rods, his Signals developed into proper kinetic sculptures in the following years, sometimes with added motors and explosives.

'Before long, my Signals were transformed from railway signals into rockets, antennae and radio receivers. Travelling often by aeroplane, I was always delighted by the aerodromes and their giant radars which turned slowly, seeking out the metallic objects which glide in space. It is as though they were monstrous instruments intercepting cosmic events'. (Takis, Estafilades, Paris, 1961, p.150)

Alexander Iolas

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London