Lynn Chadwick’s iconic Beast sculptures are on view in the forecourt of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; Britain's first public museum and the oldest university museum in the world.
In later life Chadwick embarked on a radical exploration of a new material – sheet stainless steel. Attracted by the technical possibilities and reflective qualities offered by the material Chadwick commented, ‘... stainless steel has an enormous advantage in that it doesn’t matter where you put it…. if you have a thing with plenty of facets on it, one of them is bound to shine.’ After some initial experiments, he focussed on a series of large steel beasts. Howling Beast I, (1990) and Crouching Beast I, (1990) are key works from the group.
Their installation continues the museum's presentation of notable works by leading British sculptors and succeeds Henry Moore’s The Three Piece Reclining Figure No. 2: Bridge Prop.