Moore Outside – Three Standing Figures, Battersea Park
Three Standing Figures 1947
London SW11 4NJ
During the Second World War Moore went to the tube stations looking at the rows of sleeping people and creating his famous shelter drawings, some of which you can see in the exhibition. He had never seen so many reclining figures, and even the train tunnels looked like the holes in his sculptures. Amid the grimness and the tension he noticed groups of strangers formed together in intimate groups. One of the overarching themes of the drawings became the group sense.
The Three Standing Figures are based on his work in the shelters. He wanted to create a unified mood of three identifiably female forms that were “conscious of being in the open air”, their gaze lifted, scanning the distance, but he also wanted to give them a hint of apprehension.
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My favourite route to the sculpture is via the bandstand in the centre of the park. When you’re there, head directly south from the bandstand, down the path with a map on the left corner (there may be an ice cream stand on the right).
You will pass a bowling green on your left. When you come to the main path, cross it and continue on your way. You’ll now be entering the sub-tropical gardens. Bear left on the circular path, then take the immediate sharp left turn. Keep following the path. The pond will be on your right. The Moore sculpture will be on your left.
Here’s one of my personal maps. Bring it with you, it will help you find your way.