Large Interior Form

Today’s Zippy takes us once again into the world of public art:


Zippy is contemplating Henry Moore’s Large Interior Form, 1953-54, though Zippy’s interpretation of the work is not the sculptor’s.

Basic facts, from Wikipedia:

(#2) Installation at the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC)

Large Interior Form, 1953–54 is a sculpture by Henry Moore.

It was produced in a bronze edition of six, which was first created as part of a larger work in the 1950s, and only cast as a separate work from 1981 onwards, and catalogued as LH 297b. It began as the interior component of the artist’s Large Upright Internal/External Form (LH 297a), but Moore much later decided the piece worked well by itself. The artist’s copy was lent in 2011 by the Henry Moore Foundation to the Snape Maltings, in Suffolk. Others are at the Art Institute of Chicago (illustrated), in an outdoor setting at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, MO. These sculptures measure 16 feet 3 inches × 56​1⁄4 inches × 56​1⁄4 inches (495.3 × 142.88 × 142.88 cm). Moore used to take pride in viewing his sculptures in the open air environment. Kunsthalle Würth at Schwabisch Hall in Germany and Trinity University in Texas are among the other locations that have Large Interior Form on public display outdoors.

From the Public Art Archive site about the AIC sculpture:

Large Interior Form appears abstract but actually represents the human figure. British artist Sir Henry Moore tried to create “organisms that must be complete in themselves,” and to give the impression of his sculptures, “having grown organically, created by pressure from within.” Referring to the voids common to his sculptures, Moore said that holes make an object look more three-dimensional by connecting one side with the other. The three voids in this artwork were inspired by holes the artist observed in pebbles he found at the seashore.

And from Wikipedia about the artist, briefly:

Henry Spencer Moore … (30 July 1898 – 31 August 1986) was an English artist. He is best known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures which are located around the world as public works of art. As well as sculpture, Moore produced many drawings, including a series depicting Londoners sheltering from the Blitz during the Second World War, along with other graphic works on paper.

His forms are usually abstractions of the human figure, typically depicting mother-and-child or reclining figures. Moore’s works are usually suggestive of the female body, apart from a phase in the 1950s when he sculpted family groups. His forms are generally pierced or contain hollow spaces. Many interpreters liken the undulating form of his reclining figures to the landscape and hills of his birthplace, Yorkshire.

Moore was born in Castleford, the son of a coal miner. He became well-known through his carved marble and larger-scale abstract cast bronze sculptures, and was instrumental in introducing a particular form of modernism to the United Kingdom.

I don’t know which installation of Large Interior Form is depicted in #1, so I don’t know a background story about it replacing a controversial statue.

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