Single A5 postcard featuring the sculpture Vulcan by Eduardo Paolozzi, part of the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland, on permanent display at Modern Two, Belford Road, Edinburgh.
Vulcan was the Roman god of fire and the blacksmith who forged weapons for the gods and heroes. In Paolozzi's work, Vulcan (or his Greek counterpart, Hephaestus) is often seen as the archetypal sculptor. This impressive sculpture is in the Modern Two and reaches from the ground floor to the ceiling of the first floor. Vulcan is shown swinging his hammer and marching across the Great Hall. He is half-man and half-machine - a monument to the modern age.
Scottish artist, Eduardo Paolozzi (7 March 1924 – 22 April 2005), was born in Leith near Edinburgh. He is best known for his pioneering developments in the iconic Pop Art movement, but he is also widely considered for his bronze sculptures, screenprints and collages. Paolozzi was particularly interested in the mass media and in science and technology and studied in Edinburgh, London and spent two years in Paris from 1947 – 1949. Alongside teaching at various art schools, Paolozzi developed his artistic practices in printmaking and sculptures and gained worldwide recognition for his incredible artwork.