Moore Outside – Working Model for Reclining Figure (Lincoln Center), Charing Cross Hospital

Working Model for Reclining Figure (Lincoln Center) 1963–5
Charing Cross Hospital
Fulham Palace Road
London W6 8RF

When developing the Two Piece Reclining Figures, Moore started relating the human figure to the landscapes and the spaces they stood in. Knees and breasts as mountains. Once it is in two parts you don’t expect it to be a naturalistic figure; therefore, you can justifiably make it like a landscape or a rock. Its form is a mixture of human form and landscape, which for Moore was a metaphor for the relationship of humanity with the earth.

Download the mp3 for your journey: reclining_figure_charing_cross_hospital.mp3 10.1MB

Here I want to show you another sculpture before we go to the Moore. Find your way to the main entrance of Charing Cross Hospital. Pass the reception desk and walk past the opticians and you will find a statue of a little girl on your right. There is a massive cylindrical pillar fish tank behind her, she’s hard to miss.

Here’s one of my personal maps. Bring it with you, it will help you find your way.

John Deedham Map, showing location of Working Model for Reclining Figure (Lincoln Center) 1963–5
John Deedham
Map, showing location of
Working Model for Reclining Figure (Lincoln Center) 1963–5
Charing Cross Hospital