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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Standing Figure: Knife Edge

Summary

Type Sculpture

     A tall bronze abstract sculpture based on bones, with the appearance from a distance of a human figure, but comprised of bone pieces. Mostly smooth surface with some indentations. It has large smooth planes finishing in rounded or knife edges. It stands on a shallow round base with a roughened surface set on a tall cylindrical base with a smooth finish. The whole is situated on a number of slate tiles.
     According to the information board beside gate into park, the work was 'presented to the park in 1979'.(1) It was acquired by the Henry Moore Foundation in 1986. It was cast in Berlin in 1976, one of seven bronze casts made since 1961. According to the statue mark this is the sixth; Moore began noting this information on his statues from 1965. The original model consisted of bone with pieces of plasticine attached. This was enlarged to five foot and ten foot clay models by Roland Piche. Smaller version in the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington. Large versions, 112 inches high, in Frank Stanton Collection, New York 1961; MCA Tower, Universal City, Hollywood; St Stephen's Green Park, Dublin, memorial to W.B. Yeats; garden of Gordon Hanes, Winston Salem, North Carolina. Between 1961-64 bones inspired also, Large Torso: Arch, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Knife Edge: Two Piece; Nuclear Energy, Chicago University; Locking Piece, Riverside House, Embankment, London, near Tate Gallery. A notice on the noticeboards beside the gates in Greenwich Park states that the sculpture has been recalled for inclusion in the Henry Moore: Sculpting the Twentieth Century exhibition organised by the Henry Moore Foundation. It is scheduled to tour the United States from February 2001 to January 2002 and will be reinstated in its usual place by March 2002.
    

Inscriptions

On plaque incorporated into cylinder on south side: STANDING FIGURE: KNIFE EDGE / BY - HENRY MOORE -

Related works : Between 1961-64 bones inspired also, Large Torso: Arch, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Knife Edge: Two Piece; Nuclear Energy, Chicago University; Locking Piece, Riverside House, Embankment, London, near Tate Gallery.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Moore, Henry Spencer Sculptor
Piche, Roland Assistant

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Whole sculpture and base Bronze 533cm high approx
Knife edge sculpture Bronze 400cm high approx x 116cm wide x 116cm deep
Shallow base Bronze 11cm high x 116cm diameter
Cylindrical base Bronze 122cm high x 120cm diameter approx

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
GR004 UEL
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Accretions
Structural condition
Vandalism
  • Graffiti
Road Path off The Avenue
Precise location In Greenwich Park near Croom Hill Gate on hill above reservoir
A-Z ref 78 8B
OS ref None

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Date of design 1961-76
Year of unveiling 1979
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by None
Duty of care Henry Moore Foundation
Listing status Don't know
At risk? No known risk

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