Toy Stories | A Guardian Angel


Artist: Robert Bradford
Year: 2000
Dimensions: H 50 x W 60 x D 25 cm
Materials: Up-cycled acrylic sprayed artificial silk flowers, artificial crystal eyes


Since the early 2000s, Robert Bradford has been crafting organic sculptures by fixing multi-colored small plastic toys onto wooden armatures. Known as “Toy Story” pieces, they not only explore themes of recycling and plastic pollution but also carry a serious undertone, inviting viewers to contemplate deeper meanings through his use of low-brow materials. These sculptures attract viewers with their colorful and playful nature, encouraging exploration from different angles and telling stories through their components. Reflecting Bradford’s formalist approach to art, they subvert expectations and invite deeper contemplation of complex themes despite their humor and accessibility.