Sculpture No.24 by pistonbroke

Sculpture No.24

Henry Moore had a small team of assistants working for him. His designs would start off quite small – these small models were called “maquettes” – and would be developed in stages to full size. Moore would supervise and make changes throughout this process. The main shot here shows one stage partially completed, and some tools lying about. Moore’s team would experiment with new materials, such as polystyrene, and adapt items like cheese graters into useful tools for shaping and scraping. The final full size model would usually be made of plaster and this was cast into bronze using the lost wax method. The inset pic shows the finished bronze, one of many sculptures by Moore with a “mother and child” theme. The idea of a vulnerable subject being protected within a cocoon-like shape was one Moore returned to many times, and some think this started during the second world war, when Moore was London based, and would shelter from German bombing raids in the underground stations. A great observer of people, Moore would see frightened children being held by, or cowering behind their mothers
Wonderful information here about Moore's work...i always love his sculptures they are just so pleasing to the eye & just flow....love the smoothness!
August 23rd, 2014  
Wow amazing
August 23rd, 2014  
Love the sculpture, the chance to see a stage in the making and the info is so interesting, thank you.
August 23rd, 2014  
How interesting. And a cool sculpture.
August 23rd, 2014  
Interesting info and nice shots:-)
August 23rd, 2014  
Fabulous sculpture & images, really interesting facts about Moore too, fav
August 23rd, 2014  
Very interesting. Cool shot of this process.
August 23rd, 2014  
Thats cool to see the statue in construction, great information too
August 23rd, 2014  
This is so cool, to hear about (through your commentary) and to see the process in which these wonderful sculptures are created. Fav!
August 24th, 2014  
I looked at it and frowned... then read more and gradually it dawned on me. It's brilliant, he's really captured that protecting and nurturing feeling
August 24th, 2014  
Love this sculpture
August 25th, 2014  
I like the "prep" shot in the background, work in progress!
August 26th, 2014  
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