His work is renowned for its organic form - its roundess, its lumpiness, its smooth-looking huggable-ness. And now one of Henry Moore’s pieces has been unveiled as a landmark London railway redevelopment’s inaugural public art piece.
The Yorkshire-born artist and sculptor’s Large Spindle Piece has been installed at King’s Cross station as part of a £550 million facelift.
King’s Cross Square’s latest addition has been shown across the planet. It is a three-metre tall (9ft 10in) bronze sculpture, which Moore finished in 1974.
Officials hope the Moore will become to King’s Cross what the “Fourth Plinth” has become in its Trafalgar Square residence.
Network Rail’s Rebecca Harmer thinks the new piece will give the new-look station an “attractive” and “striking” focal point. She says the siting is particularly apposite. This is because King’s Cross is not only a gateway to Yorkshire’s Henry Moore Institute, but Hertfordshire’s Henry Moore Foundation in Much Hadham.
mclcreate, the event and conference equipment supplier, is set to oversee the unveiling of the Moore for the Network Rail.
The honour of revealing the piece in its new home will go to Richard Calvocoressi, who is the Leeds-based Henry Moore Foundation’s director.
It has already worked in tandem with the track operator on the colourful Victorian carnival festivities, which marked the unveiling of the station redevelopment last September.
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Castleford-born Henry Moore, who died in 1986 aged 88, was a semi-abstract artist and sculptor most commonly remembered for vast, striking bronzes depicting the human form. He pursued classical, surreal and primitive forms throughout his career (and he drew a lot of sheep.) Moore said that his works were deliberately on a monumental scale, reasoning that size in itself brings its own effect. He believed that viewers can physically connect better with a vast sculpture than with a smaller one.
Large Spindle Piece
Moore liked this idea so much he made it in four different sizes. It is regarded as one of the sculptor’s iconic works, encapsulating the form and scale that he best liked to work on. One version was despoiled while on show in Houston, US. Vandals used metal chains to damage it.
It is not the only Moore exhibit that has been vandalised. A piece in Dumfries was decapitated in 1995.
Here's hoping the passerbys in Kings Cross will have more respect for the new artwork in their commuting midst - another triumph to add to London's public art collection.
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