Hollow Torso and Omagh (509)

Hollow Torso and Omagh by Clifford Rainey
Hollow Torso and Omagh
Stop Number: 
509

Hollow Torso
Clifford Rainey (British, b. Northern Ireland, 1948)
United States, Oakland, California
1997
Cast glass, cut, assembled
H: 101.6 cm, W: 62 cm, D: 35.5 cm
(2001.4.19)

Omagh
Clifford Rainey (British, b. Northern Ireland, 1948)
United States, Oakland, California
2001
Cast glass, cut; metal mount
H: 71 cm, W: 36 cm, D: 30 cm
(2006.4.60)

Clifford Rainey uses the human torso as a sculptural vehicle to address the body and time. He often includes references to the history and mythology of Northern Ireland, where he was born, as well as to recent events.

Hollow Torso is constructed from 13 cast sections. It symbolizes the transience of the physical body. Although the torso appears strong, it is still a shell that can be broken. The title of the exploded red torso, Omagh, refers to the Omagh bombing, which was carried out in 1998 by an IRA splinter group. The attack, in which 29 people were killed and more than 200 were injured, was the worst single act of terrorism experienced in Northern Ireland.

Gifts of the Ben W. Heineman Sr. Family.