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Takis obituary | Art and design

In February 1955 the Greek artist Takis stood bored on the platform at Calais train station. He was travelling back to Paris from London, where he had had his first solo exhibition, but his train was delayed. His eyes fell on a trackside signal, a metal upright pole with flashing lights at the top. Mesmerised, he began to mentally catalogue all the other signals, aerials and signs that scattered the terminal. When he eventually got home, and despite the success of his figurative sculpture to date, he resolved that his art would thereon include elements of movement and light.

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