A while ago, I visited the Henry Moore Foundation, previously home to Henry Moore himself. For those of you that don’t know, Henry Moore was a sculptor, who’s large-scale artworks have been displayed all over the world. During his lifetime he was commonly commissioned to make sculptures for town squares, and public spaces. After his death, his home was converted into the Foundation, which is now open to the public.
His work is displayed around the spacious gardens surrounding his home. The size of this land is notable – Moore bought a lot of it, expanding the borders of his originally owned plot of land. I enjoyed photography his work, seeing how it blended into the landscape, something unnatural being placed into a natural environment. Except for the first one (which is in fact an immitation, and not Moore’s work), his sculptures are smooth, fluid, and blend into their location as if they had grown from it. Here are the first set of photos:
Moore’s House is also open to be viewed. Unfortunately the interior was not open to photography, but I photographed and studied the exterior, and did view the inside of the house. Inside, the clutter and large amount of collectible items is staggering! Although Henry Moore and his wife were not keen travelers (an illusion which you could easily fall for, seeing the amount of exotic artwork he owned) , they were committed attendants to auctions, where they collected many goods and pieces of art, which are stored in cabinets, on shelves, on the wall, and on the uneven coffee tables of his home, filling every room. This was a house that could only have been lived in by artists, and intellectuals.
Here are my photos of the exterior of his home. I felt it was a cottage in appearance, particularly being fond of the greenhouses adorning the outside! Very cozy, yet intelligent at the same time, if a house can be intelligent!
Finally, I focused on my favorite model, and did the photography version of a detailed breakdown. This model, appearing so simple from a distance, had countless angles. These photos are just a tiny selection of the possible views and different impressions you could get from this soaring, flowing, endless sculpture. Large in scale, framing what you see through it.
I hope you like my photographs! I have started an official Flickr account:
Still getting to grips with that, and only uploaded a few batches of photos so far. Thanks, and have a lovely day!