Cast 4 (2017)

In 2017, Watts Gallery Trust commissioned a fourth bronze cast of Physical Energy to mark the bicentenary of G F Watts’s birth. It was exhibited in the Royal Academy’s Annenberg Courtyard, coinciding with the Academy’s 250th anniversary celebrations. It was seen by an estimated 750,000 people during a five-month display, during which time it also featured in the London Lumière Festival in January 2018. Plans are underway to display the fourth bronze at Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village. In preparation for the installation of the cast, the organisation is critically re-examining the sculpture’s creative process, significance and meaning, both historically and today.