Carved from a single piece of wood, the sculpture depicts a man and woman back to back, with a child at their side, and supporting two children on their shoulders. It has a primitive, organic quality.
This work was carved by Copnal from the stump of an oak tree in his own garden. (1) In his Sculptor's Manual, the artist describes how 'the purest form of wood carving is to resurrect old pieces of wood lying around, in forests, under hedges or wherever it can be found, and turn these into interesting shapes, inspired by various forms seen in these often twisted and gnarled tree stumps.' During the work of shaping the wood, 'the imagination of the carver reveals shapes that gradually have some meaning'. Copnall must have used this method to produce this piece, for the original form of the stump can still be seen.
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