The ‘Tug of War’ panels


Five autonomous stained glass panels comissioned in 1982 for MPL Communications, together with the painting Tug of War. Each is either a translation or development of Clarke's painting and cover design for the Paul McCartney album Tug of War; the works appear in the music video for McCartney's single Take It Away. Each artwork is made of mouth-blown glass: three are direct translations, traditionally leaded, with Clarke's signature geometric reticules in varying colour; one is flipped 180 degress, and has a progression of free shapes in yellow glass running along the bottom, and calligraphic interruptions to the grid's leading; the fifth panel has a separate but related geometric layout, with a central section formed of a large single sheet of mouth-blown glass, virtuosically cut.