Anvil of Dreams VII (Yunque de sueños VII)
Wrought iron on wooden base
Inv. No. SGP 203
100 × 34 × 28.5 cm
“You have to work with metal and wood for a long time before they submit to you, before you can turn them ‘into a thought’, as a Basque adage says.” For this Spanish sculptor, iron and steel were a challenge he sought out eagerly and consciously confronted from the 1950s onward. Chillida set his lyrical conception against the hardness of the material when he set out to capture the clang of iron on anvil in a rhythmically curving form. The artist combined the square wrought-iron construction with a wooden base that is worked but left unfinished, from which the anvil of dreams seems to grow organically.