Anthony Caro worked as an assistant to Henry Moore in the 1950s. After being introduced to the American sculptor David Smith in the early 1960s, he abandoned his earlier figurative work and started constructing sculptures by welding or bolting together collections of prefabricated metal, such as I-beams, steel plates and meshes.
He was also influential as a tutor at Saint Martins School of Art in London, inspiring a younger generation of abstract British Sculptors. He is often credited with the significant innovation of removing the sculpture from its plinth. Caro's sculptures are usually self-supporting and sit directly on the floor. In doing so, they remove a barrier between the work and the viewer, who is invited to approach and interact with the sculpture from all sides.
Latterly he has also attempted large scale installation pieces. One of these large pieces, Sea Music, stands on the quay at Poole in Dorset. He was knighted in 1987 and received the Order of Merit in May 2000. Currently, at 87 years of age, Caro is working on an immense, multipart sculpture that will occupy three blocks of Midtown Park Avenue.
RAILWAY SLEEPERS USED
Used Jarrah railway sleepers
Dramatic monolithic constructions that invite the viewer to enter & be part of the experience, and enter the heart of the railway sleeper buildings