The Motorcyclist, Sculpture, Belvedere Rd., The Shell Centre, Lambeth
Originally called Man 1957 and sited in the Downstream Courtyard, the sculpture was moved when the Downstream building was sold off.
** Charoux said of this piece in 1957, at the time of its exhibition at Holland Park:
. . . one's mind, when engaged in finding a motif for work, feels increasingly molested by images springing from themes and forms cradled by past ages and civilisations. There is enough left to prevent one's desertion of tradition but too much of it makes for repetition. True art reflects the material and spiritual conditions of the time it is working in. False art is the result if one adopts the theme and renderings peculiar to past ages. There are themes which are everlasting and the artist who uses them has a harder task to avoid repetition; but with his knowledge of the past and his willingness and desire to be an artist of his time his statements will have the shorthand quality, compactness and individuality peculiar to the true art of our time.
I have set myself the task of finding a theme peculiar to our time and shaping it in a material and technique also peculiar to our time; and the result is Man, 1957. If I have not succeeded in my task - which includes my sincere wish to communicate with as many human beings as possible - I shall try again.
Cut into the front face of the stone plinth:
MOTOR CYCLIST / SIEGFRIED CHAROUX 1896 - 1967
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