Tate Kids



Junky Funky Sculpture

Tate Modern

The Idea

Sir Anthony Caro is a British sculptor who made a new kind of sculpture that didn’t look like anything or anyone else. He used steel in different colours and shapes, often to solve puzzles like how shapes might spill over an edge, fall out of a window or balance on a beam. He positioned pieces of steel to get the effect he wanted then welded them together.

Sir Anthony Caro Early One Morning, 1962, Tate. Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1965
© Anthony Caro, Barford Sculptures Ltd.


The Plan

You are going to make a similar sculpture using different shapes and colours and fixing them together.


You Need

  • Cardboard rolls, pipe-cleaners, straws, lollipop sticks, paper plates, old bottles. Any sort of ‘junk’ materials that you think would work.
  • Sticky-back plastic.
  • Scissors.

Do it!

  • Look at Caro’s sculptures for inspiration. Do you notice how the pieces in Early One Morning seem to be dancing across the floor?
  • Think about the inspiration for these sculptures. How can you make a sculpture that looks like something may be about to happen?
  • Work with your materials to try and develop your idea.
  • You can stick your sculpture together using sticky-back plastic but you could also cut holes into your pieces so that they slot together.
  • When you have finished your sculpture, stand back and look at it carefully then give it a name.

Top Tips

  • Look at how Caro makes his sculptures work. How does he get them to balance? How does he make his circles stand up? Can you find a way to do that? How does he use edges to get things to hang? Is this something you could do with your sculpture?
  • Try different ways of fixing the pieces of your sculpture together
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