From the series, New Breed
North America, American, Alabama
52 1/2 in. x 60 in. x 29 in. (133.35 cm x 152.4 cm x 73.66 cm)
Medium and Support:
Found objects, iron, and steel
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase
© Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
The New Breed is a collection of ten sculptures, created over a period of approximately four years from 1992 to 1996. The sculpture suggest quadrupeds which appear to be hybrid deer, horses, and even dinosaurs. They are essentially simple forms assembled from scrap metal. They all have torsos made from industrial springs, and legs, necks, and heads made of metal strips; some have other metal objects attached to create tails, eyes, and faces. To construct these works, Lucas chose to use spot welding rather than weaving. This allowed him to exploit the curvature and flexibility of the metal strips, and through those curves, to give the New Breed a greater sense of organic form and motion.