London, Sotheby’s, Sculpture and Sculptors’ Drawings from The Ingram Collection, 10 – 21 January 2011;
Woking, The Lightbox, The Ingram Collection: Dreams and Nightmares, 22 May – 15 July 2012
J. Rothenstein, Leon Underwood, London, 1974 (p. 162);
B. Whitworth, The Sculpture of Leon Underwood, Aldershot, 2000 (another cast illustrated, p. 139, no. 180)
This work was a commission by the then London County Council for the Hilgrove Estate on the recommendation of the Arts Council. Leon Underwood very cleverly and effectively achieved a sense of weightlessness with a perfectly even distribution of the sculpture; the point of contact with the base is just one foot. Public appreciation of the work was not perhaps quite so acute: a cartoon in Punch in January 1964 showed it being used as a climbing frame.