The torso has long fascinated Lewis as being symbolic of the beauty to be found in brokenness. He prefers to express visceral, primal emotion through the body rather than the face. The strong influence of landscape forms, rocks and twisted tree trunks is evident in these works. Additional influences include the unfinished works of Michelangelo and Rodin’s torsos. Lewis has explored the fragmented form at an ever-increasing scale, culminating in monumental human and animal torsos.
Dylan has grouped the sculptures within the garden not as a response to a conscious plan but rather, as he describes it, through a process that unfolded intuitively over many years, in which certain sculptures seemed to ‘gather’ into distinct areas.