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Object: Bird Form 1955, finds its origins in flintstone, one of the many natural objects that Henry Moore used to form new ideas for his sculpture. Commonly found upon his estate, having been churned up by ploughing farmers or by the Bourne stream that runs the length of the grounds at Perry Green, his assistants, and often other visitors, would bring Moore stones they thought suitable for him to study, hold and model into plaster maquettes. Moore’s extensive collection of Found Objects dates back to the very beginning of his career as a sculptor.
Nobody is sure how flintstones came about. I think some were formed by a natural casting process, since their strange shapes could not possibly be caused by wind erosion or constant wearing and fretting by the sea. The shapes of flintstones vary in character in different parts of the country. Having collected them for over fifty years on the beaches of at Broadstairs and in Norfolk and Dorset, I find a tremendous difference in the type of flintstone in various localities.
Moore quoted in Henry Moore: Writings and Conversations; edited by Alan Wilkinson, Lund Humphries, Aldershot, 2002, page 221.