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Upright Motive No. 7

Upright Motive No.7
LH 386
height 320cm

In 1954 Moore was commisioned to produce a sculpture for the courtyard of the Olivetti building in Milan. 'A lone Lombardy growing behind the building convinced me that a vertical work would act as the correct counterfoil to the horizontal rhythm of the building... I started by balancing different forms one above the other - with results rather like North American totem poles - but as I continued the attempt gained more unity and also perhaps became more organic.' Although the project was never realised, the maquettes became the impetus for the upright motive series. Five of the 13 maquettes which Moore made in 1955 were enlarged.