Knife Edge Two Piece 1962-65 (LH 516)


length 366cm

When I was offered the site near the House of Lords for the ‘Two-Piece Knife Edge’ sculpture, I like the place so much that I didn’t bother to go and see an alternative site in Hyde Park. I remembered as a young student a sculpture called ‘Rima’ by Epstein, a memorial to the poet W.H. Hudson. At the time this work caused a tremendous fuss. I demonstrated with a crowd of students against the general Philistine public, who hated it. It was tarred and feathered and goodness knows what. Six years ago I couldn’t find it when I wanted to show it to a foreigner, which proves how easily one lonely sculpture can be lost in a large park. The House of Lords site is quite different. It is next to a path where people walk and it has a few seats where they can sit and contemplate it, unlike the placing of the very fine equestrian statue of Charles the First, in Trafalgar Square, which, in order to look at closely and appreciate in detail, you have to risk your life in crossing a maze of traffic.

Henry Moore quoted in Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, Tate Gallery Catalogues: The Modern British Paintings, drawings and Sculpture, Volume II, Oldbourne Press, Londong 1964, pp. 481