Unveiled August 2017

“Castor & Pollux”
by Tony Cragg

Tony Cragg, Castor & Pollux. Photo: Per Martin Nordli.

Castor & Pollux

  • Unveiled August 2017
  • Materials Painted bronze
  • Dimensions 450 x 350 x 260 cm
  • Artist Tony Cragg
  • Where Show on map

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 some of the things 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.

My attitude is, I make the sculpture in the studio on my own terms on my own time, and I want to see it go out of the studio and have its own existence whether it's noticed or not

Tony Cragg

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, who seduced Leda disguised as a swan. When Castor died, Pollux asked his father for his brother to be immortalized. Zevs complied with 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 and Pollux is the first site-specific sculpture by Tony Cragg in the sculpture park and was created specifically for Kistefos.

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Castor & Pullox is one of four Tony Cragg-artworks at Kistefos. It tells the story about the twins Castor and Pollux from Roman mythology, who were immortalized and united in the sky as two stars. Photo: Einar Aslaksen.

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Castor & Pullox by Tony Cragg. Photo: Einar Aslaksen.

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Castor & Pullox by Tony Cragg. Photo: Per Martin Nordlie.