'Cripple', a sculpture in mild steel

Douglas Jeal Sculptures - Human conditi...

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By the seventies there were new influences:

Buckminster Fuller's ideas of doing more with less in construction led to my use of acrylic sheet which I then reinforced with aluminium to give it strength.

The Frankfurt School of philosophers had a great influence on my ideas, as well as the writings of Carl Jung. I started to mature ideas I had earlier of making pieces which would comment on the human condition.

The first of these works, Table for One, made a statement about eating alone. Originally it was exhibited with an accompanying poem. Shelter, Cripple, Famine and Hiroshima followed. These were all works that I had thought about for sometime, but I needed a different attitude to my work in order to be able to realise them.

That accomplished, I thought it would be a concoction to go any further with the idea of the social statement - although of course it would reappear much later with the codices.