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Warragul, Victoria, Australia born 1960

Circle 2001 Place made: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: metalwork, titanium, aluminium and nylon brush

Dimensions: 9.5 h x 62.0 w x 62.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.5


  • Mark Edgoose's work is distinguished by his precise and adventurous use of advanced metals to make complex and ambiguous containers. This circle of interlinked titanium boxes delineates contained space, which remains empty but charged with possibility. The ordered procession of unopenable containers, each resting caterpillar-like on a flexible brush, invites speculation about its function. While its repetitive shapes and ingenious linkages reprise the pleasure and satisfaction of early mechanical toys such as Meccano or model trains, its visual and physical impregnability hints at unalterable systems and a darker, more controlled purpose.

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010