Torso in Metal from ‘The Rock Drill’ (1913-14) translated into letters

From the display caption at the TATE Britain:

‘For this sculpture, Epstein initially set a plaster figure on top of an actual pneumatic rock drill. This ‘machine-like robot, visored, menacing and carrying within itself its progeny’ became a symbol of the new age. He even considered adding a motor to make the piece move.

Following the carnage of the First World War, Epstein removed the drill, cut the figure down to half-length and changed its arms; this torso was cast in bronze, as shown here. Mutilated and shorn of its virility, the once-threatening figure is now vulnerable and impotent, the victim of the violence of modern life.’

So, based on the characteristics of this work of sculpture, I thought I could also cut the bottom part of the letters that formed the name of the artist, up to the point where they could still be readable. The only problem being the letter ‘p’ of the artist’s surname. Chose to use Futura because of the period during which this sculpture was made.

Proceeded then to making the net drawing of the cut letters in Illustrator:

Cut each letter on metallic card, folded and pasted accordingly. Then stood them up, took pics of the formed name and handled them using Photoshop to make the poster we were asked to make.

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