Robert Klippel,  No. 710, Windmill

Robert Klippel, No. 710, Windmill, 1988.
Robert Klippel, No. 710, Windmill, 1988, wood assemblage, 370 x 150 x 96 cm. UTS Art Collection, proposed donation of Neil Balnaves, AO through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, 2021

Each new acquisition is a key to unlock stories from the UTS Art Collection. The generous donation of a significant sculptural assemblage by Robert Klippel from Neil Balnaves AO, leads us to take a closer look at related works in the UTS Art Collection.

Born in Sydney in 1920, Australian artist Robert Klippel is regarded as the leading sculptor of his time, renowned for creating intricate and abstract sculptures from an array of ‘found’ industrial materials.

No. 710, Windmill (1988) is from the artist’s celebrated late series of assemblages, in which he employed wooden moulds salvaged from The Eveleigh railway yards in nearby Redfern. The industrial forms in this work – originally designed as part of the casting process for cogs, flywheels, engine blocks and other machine parts – take on a dynamic and almost organic energy.

Klippel’s complex assemblages draw attention to the potential of found materials. We’re turning the spotlight on a selection of works from the UTS Art Collection that change our perception of the everyday through their consideration of industrial, discarded and found materials.