Wall Relief: Maquette No.3 1955 (LH 367)


length 44.5cm

Relief sculptures tell best when they get a side light. This relief is, unhappily, on a wall facing north and is best photographed only in the summertime - either early in the morning or in late evening when, for short spells, it catches the sun.
This leads me to say that architects often forget about the sun when choosing a site for a sculpture. I think it is because they design their building indoors and often choose what looks like the right spot for a sculpture only from their plans, forgetting the existence and direction of outdoor sunshine.
I made the design for this wall sculpture to be built in brick, but not being a practised bricklayer, I did not myself build it. Holland having little stone of its own, the traditional building material is brick, and Dutch bricklayers are very highly skilled. (The ornamental brickwork on much of their early architecture is marvellous).
I was told not to feel restricted in designing the relief by considerations of the technique of bricklaying, since Dutch bricklayers can build almost anything. Some of the figures are animal forms with eyes and heads and gave the bricklayers a chance to show what they could do. It was a most interesting experience for me. I had fun. I enjoyed it.

Henry Moore quoted in David Finn, Henry Moore: Sculpture and Environment, Abrams, New York 1976, p.180