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Daniel Silver’s archaeological dig for Artangel

Inspired by Freud’s collection of ancient artefacts, the London commission resembles an excavation site

Daniel Silver's Dig, 2013, commissioned and produced by Artangel

One could think that the ancient human remains and artefacts recently unearthed during the construction of the Crossrail train line, served as inspiration for Daniel Silver's Dig. But it was actually Sigmund Freud's collection of Egyptian, Greek, Indian, Asian and African sculptures that was the impetus for the work. The psychoanalyst often compared archaeology with his practice of uncovering the secrets of the mind. Dig is the newest commission by the London-based arts organisation Artangel. Set in an abandoned plot of land in the centre of the city, it reminds you of an archaeological excavation. Objects made of marble, plaster and terracotta are scattered over the site, while the objects themselves have been formed by the sculptor to look at once old and new. Dig is on show from 12 September to 3 November at the Odeon Site off Tottenham Court Road.

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