Listening to History

Listening to History

Photo by William J. Hebert

Bill Woodrow is one of the leading contemporary British sculptors. He often addresses issues of humor and irony with his work. In his early pieces, he combined found objects to create new meaning. In Listening to History, the placement of the head on the ground with the book tied against it and blinding the eyes suggests many possible narrative meanings: learning from history, being blind to history, open/closed mindedness, and so on.

Bill Woodrow. Listening to History, 1995 (cast 2001). Bronze, 29.5 x 26.75 x 31 inches. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © Bill Woodrow.