Visitors to the Dada exhibition in Cologne were outraged when they saw Ernst’s sculptural compositions. They really were unaccustomed to the view of the average man in the street. Ernst collected his sculptures from various objects, and did not cut them out of stone or wood, as was customary for many centuries in a row before him. His famous “Capricorn”, 1948 perfectly demonstrates the creative method of the artist.
Originally, the statue was made of cement, and later it was cast in bronze. Among the items used in the composition can be found and milk bottles, and automobile springs, and other equally interesting things. In the process of working, Ernst transformed these everyday objects, saturating them with a new meaning. And not always the spectator could then guess from what this or that abstract composition, so outraged by it, is collected.