This is a guide to Moore's sculptures on public display throughout the world. We strive to ensure that all information is accurate, however we recommend that you contact each venue before making a visit. Please also contact us if you spot any mistakes. In some instances it has not been possible to source an image of the actual sculpture in-situ, and on such occasions an alternative image has been used.
One of the many themes that stimulated Moore’s was the notion of creating tension within form; in 1934 Moore wrote complete sculptural expression is form in its full spatial reality. This need to fulfil the potential of sculpture, whatever the material, by creating what Moore called an alert dynamic tension can be seen in his interlocking pieces, the vertebrae sculptures and the pointed works.
When the sculptor understands his material, has a knowledge if its possibilities and its constructive build, it is possible to keep within its limitations and yet turn an inert block into a composition which has a full form-existence, with masses of varied size and section conceived in their air-surrounded entirety, stressing and straining, thrusting and opposing each other in spatial relationship, - being static, in the sense that the centre of gravity lies within the base (and does not seem to be falling over or moving off its base) – and yet having an alert dynamic tension between its parts.
Henry Moore quoted in Unit One: The Modern Movement in English Architecture, Painting and Sculpture; edited by Hertbert Read, Cassell, London, Toronto, Melbourne, Sydney 1934, pp.29-30