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General MacArthur was made of three found objects: a rusting piece of corrugated iron from the banks of a canal in Bilston near Wolverhampton and two floodlight covers from the back of the Wolves' football ground. The main floodlight cover represents MacArthur's helmet and the corrugated iron is at once a flame-thrower, erection and ejaculation. This refers to the fact that MacArthur could not contain himself when he found that flame-throwers were insufficient during the Korean War. He recommended atom-bombing Beijing, and President Truman fired him.

About Vaughan Grylls

Born 10th December 1943 in Newark, Nottinghamshire and attended art schools at Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Goldsmiths' and the Slade. He has taught at several art schools in the UK and the US.

From 1996 to 2005 he was Director of the Kent Institute of Art and Design. In 2005 he resigned to concentrate full-time on his own work after joining the Kent and the Surrey Institutes of Art and Design to make the University for the Creative Arts.

″I still use the same approach to my work: I get an idea, think of the title and then make the work. So not much has changed since 1964″

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