“Castor & Pollux”
by Tony Cragg
With Castor & Pollux, Cragg takes a new and radical step in the development of the Rational Beings series. Raw muscle power and animal energy are just small fractions of what you experience in the encounter with this monumental work.
The work series Rational Beings has until now concentrated on the artist's interest in humanity. However, here one clearly sees Cragg's growing interest in physiology and especially human physics. The sculpture has an inherent potency and strength with clear anatomical references. At the foot of the sculpture, Cragg has divided the form into two biomorphic "people", which then unite higher up.
Castor and Pollux were in Roman mythology two twins with Leda as a common mother. Castor was the human son of Tyndareos and Pollux the divine son of Zevs, whom seduced Leda disguised as swan. When Castor died, Pollux asked his father for his brother to be immortalized. Zevs complied to his son's desire by uniting the two brothers in the sky, hence the union of two forms to one in Cragg's sculpture. The Zodiac Twins are said to represent Castor and Pollux.
Castor & Pollux is the first site-sculpture of Cragg in the sculpture park, and was created specifically for Kistefos-Museet.