Henry Moore at Kew Gardens

Happy Easter and so to Kew Gardens, where I took a stroll with my parents who live nearby.

Maybe it was the beautiful spring sunshine, or the fact that we got there early and had the place to ourselves, or the carpets of spring bulbs, or the fact that I was feeling relaxed and child free, but I was quite blown away by the Henry Moore exhibition at Kew. As it says on the website, it’s monumental sculpture in a world heritage setting. Click here for more about the large reclining figure below.

Henry Moore is known for his organic shapes in bronze and marble, often abstractions of the human form. His work was often inspired by the shapes of bone and stone flints that he found near his home and I particularly love his female figures and those that represent mother and child. Click here for more about the female reclining figure below.

I’d like to tell you that I took time to enjoy and photograph all 28 sculptures that were dotted around the botanic gardens, and chose the best for you. The truth is that my camera battery ran out and we’d already spent time looking at other things, so I couldn’t really do it justice. Click here for more about the sculpture below.

Unfortunately, the exhibition finishes on 30th March, so if you live nearby you have one more week to race along and see it. The good news is that the Kew Gardens website has photos, information and an interesting audio discussion on each of the 28 pieces of sculpture, and there’s also a flickr photo group with photos from the exhibition. Such is the benefit of the internet age that you too can enjoy these treats from afar. Click here for more about the Totem head below.

There were two things that I particularly loved about the exhibition. One is that each piece had been so thoughtfully positioned within the gardens to enhance both sculpture and landscape so that I could barely imagine what it will be like once the sculpture is not there. Click here for more about the Goslar warrior below.

The second was how incredibly tactile the sculptures were – one could not resist running a hand over the sinuous forms and many had a smooth, bark like texture that was very satisfying.

I’m so sorry Henry Moore, that I didn’t find this exhibition earlier, but I’ll certainly be taking some time over my Easter break to discover more of the photos and on the website of the pieces that I missed.

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To discover more
Henry Moore biography on Wikipedia
Henry Moore Foundation
Henry Moore exhibition at Kew Gardens
Information, photos and audio guide on each of the 28 sculptures
Henry Moore at Kew photo group on Flickr.com


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    Andrew Norton
    September 17, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Thank you for making your photo of the Henry Moore sculpture available under a creative commons attribution license for others to use via Flickr.

    I have added your photo to a post about garden sculptures called “Glorious garden ornaments and seductive sculptures” on the Dobbies gardening blog:


    I hope you enjoy the post but, if you have any objections with the use of your photo please let me know and I will change it immediately.

    All the best.

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