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Read admired Moore''s respect for his materials. He explained that Moore''s empathy allowed him to imagine ''what a reclining woman would look like if flesh and blood were translated into the stone before him - the stone which has its own principles of form and structure. The woman''s body might then ... take on the appearance of a range of hills. Sculpture, therefore, is not a reduplication of form and feature; it is rather the translation of meaning from one material into another.''

August 2004