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‘Bronze Cross’ was bought by Harlow Art Trust in 1963 with the help of a grant from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. This totemic bronze is also known as ‘Upright Motive No. 2’, as it is part of a series of works Moore made in the mid-1950s. The title given to the Harlow sculpture was agreed after consultation with Moore.
In 1954, Moore was commissioned to make a sculpture for the courtyard of the Olivetti building in Milan, where ‘a lone Lombardy poplar growing behind the building convinced me that a vertical work would act as the correct counterfoil to the horizontal rhythm of the building... I started by balancing different forms one above the other – with results rather like North American totem poles – but as I continued the attempt gained more unity, also perhaps became more organic.’ Although the project was never realised, the maquettes that Moore created became the impetus for the ‘Upright Motive’ series.
H 330 x W (?) x D (?) cm
purchased by Harlow Art Trust with the assistance of a grant from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 1963
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