Moore Outside – Knife Edge Two Piece, Westminster
Knife Edge Two Piece 1962–5
Abingdon Street Gardens
London SW1P 3JU
When Moore was offered the site near the House of Lords he liked it so much he didn’t even bother to go look at the alternative site – in Hyde Park. It has been popping up in the background of countless television interviews with politicians, not least in the last election. Not all politicians were immediately taken with it though. Conservative backbencher Neil Marten asked in the House of Commons why ‘this lovely part of Westminster should be littered with something that looks like a crashed unidentified flying object’.
Download the mp3 for your journey: knife_edge_westminster.mp3 11.5 MB
My favourite route to the sculpture is from the corner of Parliament Square and St Margaret Street in front of the houses of parliament. That would be the starting point I would recommend. You can then make your way along the Houses of Parliament away from Big Ben. You can then take in the first statue you pass on your left - Oliver Cromwell. The second is Richard the Lionheart. You will then pass the sovereign’s entrance on your left. Right, across the street, is Moore’s Knife’s Edge. To get to it, continue down to the traffic lights, cross at the crossing, and double back to the Moore.
Here’s one of my personal maps. Bring it with you, it will help you find your way