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Moore made a sequence of Helmet Head pieces that were intended to convey emotions of vulnerability and protection. He explained the idea partly came from ‘Wyndham Lewis talking about the shell of lobster covering the soft flesh inside. This became an established idea with me – that of an outer protection to an inner form, and it may have something to do with the mother and child idea ... The helmet is a kind of protection thing, too, and it became a recording of things inside other things. In the helmet you do not quite know what is inside.’

February 2010