Art Across the Curriculum
Eduardo Paolozzi - Large Frog 1958
Inspired in part by French Surrealism and the iconoclastic Dada Movement, Paolozzi was a highly individual sculptor in metal as well as a draughtsman, printmaker and designer. He undertook many public commissions including the mosaic decoration in London’s Tottenham Court Road underground station.
Large Frog is an intriguing and complex sculpture. It is a form made up of all sorts of bits and pieces – plastic toys, bits of pianos, electronic equipment and machinery – all the waste of our civilisation. These are pressed into clay and then cast in sheets of wax, which is then cut and bent, and then assembled into a strange being resembling a creature in a science fiction film. In Paolozzi’s own words, his sculptures are concerned with: " The metamorphosis of quite ordinary things into something wonderful."
Curriculum links for this sculpture include:
Science - Materials, liquids and solids
History - Britain since 1948
Music - Exploring sounds
Maths - weight
Literacy - creative writing
Design and technology - Moving monsters