Henry Moore was an English sculptor, known mostly for public works of art that often took the form of bronze sculptures.
In 1954 he stepped out of his comfort zone to create Wall Relief No. 1 in Rotterdam. The relief was to be the only work Moore did in brick.
ArchDaily states that the project was built with nearly 16,000 hand-carved bricks. Moore designed the piece (a rendering can be seen in the feature image above) and two bricklayers constructed the work in 1955, putting in about 1,200 hours of work over the course of four months.
“The design is composed of a series of geometric elements defined by strong vertical gestures and intersected by horizontal courses, punctuated by semi-spherical indentations. In the centre five sinuous, dynamic forms emerge from the wall which, according to Vergeest, “call to mind bodies or plants, and stones gradually polished by water, sand and wind.” Moore specifically chose to use Dutch bricks over English bricks due to their smaller size.”
Please watch the videos we’ve assembled here for some fascinating background into this one-off project by Moore.
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