They Chisel Plastic (Dec, 1955)
They Chisel Plastic
Modern sculptors can carve light and shadow into their work with a thrilling new man-made material.
LOT’S wife was turned into a pillar of salt in the Bible but British sculptor Arthur Fleischmann has chipped her out of the biggest block of Perspex ever made. Perspex is a British plastic similar to Plexiglas or Lucite. With Perspex a sculptor can “sculpture in glass.” A Dubliner named Maxwell Moffet drills beautiful marine animals into plate Perspex; properly lighted, his creatures swim brilliantly in a sea of shadow.