Gibbons’ early work was made partly as a reaction against conceptual art, where the ideas or concepts held supremacy over the object. Gibbons’ work has always been concerned with pure physicality, with an emphasis on materials, form and construction. His materials have included scrap steel, bronze, and virgin stainless steel sheets and bars. In the late seventies, Gibbons made some small–scale pieces in lead, which because of its malleability required a different approach, resulting in sculptures that were compacted and folded in alternative ways. Deeply textural, his works are often designed to be located in unusual environments and in this way his works are meant to be inherently juxtapositional and integrally unsettling.