Moore Outside – Two Piece Reclining Figure No. 3, Brandon Estate

Two Piece Reclining Figure No.3 1961
Brandon Estate
Southwark
London  S17 3NN

The Two Piece Reclining Figure had been on Moore’s mind for years. In his early Thirties he started doing a number of small carvings in two or three pieces. They were all more abstract than the Reclining Figures. He wanted to be free of having to find a ‘reason’ for doing the Reclining Figures and freer still of having to find a ‘meaning’ for them. They gave him a subject that allowed him to try out all kinds of formal ideas – things that he didn’t yet know about for certain but wanted to experiment with. The subject-matter is given. He said: ‘It’s settled for you, and you know it and like it, so that within it, within the subject that you’ve done a dozen times before, you are free to invent a completely new idea..

Download the mp3 for your journey: reclining_figure_no_3_brandon_estate.mp3 14.3 MB

My favourite route starts at the corner of Kennington Park Gardens and Otto Street. With your back to Kennington Park Gardens turn left along Otto Street. After a short walk there will be a dirt footpath on your right. Take this footpath towards the Cornish House tower block. Skirt around the right side of the tower, towards the blue-grey plinth on the hillock behind it – that’s where you’ll find the Moore.

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

John Deedham Map, showing location of Two Piece Reclining Figure No.3 1961

John Deedham
Map, showing location of
Two Piece Reclining Figure No.3 1961
Brandon Estate
Southwark