Saturday 1368 – 17.05.2014
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I spent Saturday 17th May doing 2 of my most favourite things – being outdoors on a warm sunny day and admiring awesome sculpture. What more could a body ask for ?
It’s well-known that human beings need food, water, shelter, warmth, sex, safety and community in order to survive effectively but they also need beauty and for me there are few things more beautiful than nature and art.
When you get these 2 things together in the form of landscape filled with sculptures then that is seventh heaven for me.
I was lucky enough to visit just such a place on Saturday and the place in question was the Henry Moore Foundation, situated where Henry Moore used to live.
You can find out more about the foundation here http://www.henry-moore.org/
I particularly love sculpture as an art form because I’m a very tactile person and sculpture lends itself to having hands stroking it 😉
The Henry Moore Foundation allows people to touch the sculptures that are outside in the fields, though not the ones in the galleries inside, and touch them you must because these works are crying out for it. They need to be felt.
Henry Moore’s sculptures are at once both monumental and intimate. The intimacy for me comes from the sensuous nature of much of Moore’s work. His bronzes are organic; the earthiness of the rough, unpolished sections slide down to gorgeous, shiny worn coppery areas. When the sculptures are then further blended with a green landscape and are caught by the sun I feel as though I am witnessing perfection in art. An almost meditative experience that induces both emotion and a sense of serenity in me.
Take another look at the sculpture “Family Piece” at the top of this post. Doesn’t it have a sense of dignity about it ? I am showing the back of it because I wanted you to see the delicate and protective way the father’s hand rests on the mother’s shoulder. They are holding a child between them, in an act of sharing. Do you see how this piece blends with the landscape around it?
One of my particular favourites at the Foundation is a large bronze called the Sheep Piece which Henry Moore sculpted in 1970-71 . He placed this sculpture in a field of sheep and very much enjoyed the way they interacted with it. I love sheep and really enjoyed watching them too. Here are a few photos.
Yes this lamb below is giving his back a good rub against the bronze. Bliss !
I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Do you have a favourite art form?
Saturday girl signing off.
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