Henry Moore OM, CH

Working Model for Three Piece No.3: Vertebrae

1968, cast c.1968

On display at Tate Britain

Artist
Henry Moore OM, CH 1898–1986
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
Object: 1080 x 2360 x 1220 mm, 948 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the artist 1978
Reference
T02303

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This work is related to Three Piece No.3: Vertebrae, a vast sculpture over twenty-four feet long and the even larger Three Forms Vertebrae outside Dallas City Hall, which is about forty-feet long. Moore argued that the size of a sculpture should be determined by where it is. As he received commissions for sculptures to be sited next to large buildings, the scale of the works grew. According to Moore, it was the intrinsic monumentality of the sculptures which allowed them to be successfully enlarged to such sizes.

Gallery label, August 2004

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