The Why?s Man

"My art is place specific and people specific." George Wyllie

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Eagles are a recurring theme in George Wyllie's work, and are portrayed as images of power. In A Day Down a Goldmine, for example, the eagle is associated with the banks and financial institutions. In his notes for the play, he said,

"Eagles are birds of prey but plenty of people seem to like Eagles they are Popular with armies and, logically, air forces. Sometimes a whole nation likes to be represented by an Eagle. Insurance companies and banks are also fond of Eagles. Eagles seem to give out some sort of confidence, and it is suggested that somehow you can trust an Eagle.

Eagles eat lambs."

This particular example is one of a number of Wyllie scul?tures at the United Services Club, Motherwell. It was made from car bumpers, an early piece, from a time when George Wyllie was creating various scul?tures by recycling car parts.


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