Time-Life Screen: Maquette No.2 1952 (LH 340)


length 32.4cm

I think Architecture is the poorer for the absence of sculpture and I also think that the sculptor, by not collaborating with the architect, misses opportunities of his work being used socially and being seen by a wider public. And it was feeling that the time is coming for architects and sculptors to work together again, that brought me to do the double commission for the Time-Life building in Bond Street, of both the Bronze Draped Reclining Figure for the terrace. I was first asked to do only the Reclining Figure, and was glad to, as that fitted in with the idea of free standing sculpture in relation to architecture. It was at a later stage that the architect of the building approached me about the sculptural screen and I accepted the chance of working simultaneously upon two such entirely different sculptural problems ... With the perspective sketch of the building beside me I made four maquettes. My aim was to give a rhythm to the spacing and size of the sculptural motives which should be in harmony with the architecture. I rejected the idea of a portrayal of some pictorial scene, for that would only be like hanging up a stone picture, like using the position only as a hoarding for sticking on a stone poster ...

Henry Moore quoted in Sculpture in the Open Air: A Talk by Henry Moore on his Sculpture and its Placing in Open-Air Sites, edited by Robert Melville and recorded by the British Council 1955; typescript, copy in HMF library