British Sculptors | Artists in stone, metal and wood In association with
CHANNEL | BBC 2
FIRST BROADCAST | 22 January 1974
DURATION | 46 minutes 02 seconds
Reg Butler talks about his life's work, which revolved around sculpture, even during World War II. He recalls how, as a young boy, he chose sculpture over painting and explains that the female form has been his constant theme, subject to developments that reflect his views and the times. The interview is illustrated throughout with examples of Butler's work, including 'The Unknown Political Prisoner', 'The Oracle' and 'The Pink Drawings'. The programme also follows his most recent creations as they go on show in New York.
The designs and models for the monument called 'The Unknown Political Prisoner' show that it was to be both imposing and intimate, combining architectural and sculptural techniques. However, after the award-winning design stage it was never built. The model for the planned sculpture is currently held by the Tate.
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