Dressed in plain suits, with impassive faces and covered with multicolour metallic powder, in The Singing Sculpture they performed a song from the 1930s, Underneath the Arches, alluding to the world of the underclasses. The artists immediately chose to stand out from the formalist, conceptual artistic context of the period, by choosing a figurative language. From a staging of everyday life (walking, singing, reading, drinking), they derive a visual material which they have been exploiting since the early 1970s in pictures, firstly black and white, then in colour. Right from the start, their art bears testimony to the consistency of their position, favouring a figuration which was disparaged at the time, with the declared objective of an Art for All. Another constant in Gilbert & George’s art is the choice of a form that communicates directly, in a spirit of exchange with the viewer, in which individual emotions are felt at their most real and attain universality.