Rock Drill returns!
After a busy few months starring in exhibitions in London and Venice, Jacob Epstein’s Rock Drill is back looming over visitors to Gallery 21.
Created in 1913, Epstein’s powerful and disturbing sculpture comprised a life-size figure of a visored robotic man seated on an actual rock drill. The original was shown briefly in 1915 and then dismantled, but this reconstruction – made in 1974 from Epstein’s studio photographs – allows us to experience how the sculpture would have looked.
Almost a hundred years after it was made, Rock Drill retains its power. How astonishing must it have looked to gallerygoers who saw it in 1915?