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This sculpture reflects the interplay between abstract and figurative forms in Moore’s work. ‘I have done other sculptures based on this idea of one form being protected by another’ Moore recalled. ‘I suppose in my mind was also the Mother and Child idea and of birth and the child in embryo. All these things are connected in this interior and exterior idea.’ Later versions of the sculpture were made in bronze and elm wood, and a twenty foot high cast is sited in the atrium of Three First National Plaza in Chicago.

July 2013