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Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

A Three Picture Story: The Setting Of Sculptures

One of the things that I love most about Henry Moore sculptures is that they were made to work in concert with the outdoors.

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The original design for King and Queen was made in 1952 and several sculptures were cast between 1952 and 53. One is now on display outside the RHS Wisley Laboratory, overlooking the Canal. The sculpture will be in the garden until the end of September 2014.

“Whilst manipulating a piece of this wax, it began to look like a horned, Pan-like, bearded head. Then it grew a crown and I recognised it immediately as the head of a king. I added a second figure to it and it became a ‘King and Queen’. I realise now that it was because I was reading stories to Mary, my six year old daughter, every night, and most of them were about kings and queens and princesses . . . ” Henry Moore

The setting for any sculpture brings added meaning to the piece, it influences the way we experience it. Set here in these beautiful grounds they have become, for me, an Oberon and Titania. I imagine them coming alive when all visitors have gone and dancing through their garden realm, rejoicing in the fauna and flora, hastening on the arrival of Spring.

“Hand in hand, with fairy grace,
Will we sing, and bless this place”
Titania – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
by William Shakespeare

23 comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

  1. How wonderful! Your set of three fit the brief perfectly. I hope to visit the King and Queen, but meanwhile I shall imagine them dancing among the flowers at Wisley when the visitors have left. One of the better responses to the challenge I think. Well done Sarah 🙂

    • I’d been intending to photograph the sculpture and the challenge theme was a perfect way of showing it off 🙂 I love the way that visitors are interacting with it! Artists always but a part of themselves into any piece they create. It gives them a life of their own. There are many sculptures and paintings that I imagine come to life when no one is watching to live out the dream that the artist has imbued them with 🙂 Thank you Jude!

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