Last week the University received a very special delivery – a Henry Moore sculpture.

Henry Moore’s Three Piece Reclining Figure No.2: Bridge Prop (1963) is now languishing in all its glory outside the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery.

The sculpture comes to us on long term loan from Leeds Art Fund, via Leeds Art Gallery, just in time for the launch of the Yorkshire Sculpture International (YSI). YSI runs from 22 June to 29 September 2019, it is the UK’s largest dedicated sculpture festival and involves a series of exhibitions, international commissions, events and learning programmes across Leeds and Wakefield.

We are also excited to welcome the sculpture to campus as the regional and local connections are very strong. Henry Moore was born in Castleford, West Yorkshire. After the war Moore became a student at the Leeds School of Art (now Leeds Arts University), where he met Barbara Hepworth. While studying in Leeds, Moore also had access to the modernist works in the collection of Sir Michael Sadler, the University’s then Vice-Chancellor, which had a profound effect on his development. You can see some of these works on display in The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery.

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Henry Moore, Three Piece Reclining Figure No.2: Bridge Prop, 1963. Lent by Leeds Art Fund, via Leeds Museums and Galleries. Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation

Three Piece Reclining Figure No.2: Bridge Prop consists of three bronze segments positioned to represent a reclining human figure in multiple pieces. According to the artist, the work was inspired by Waterloo Bridge, London, in which he saw one part of the bridge resting against another, giving the sculpture its subtitle ‘Bridge Prop’.

The Moore piece is in good company as it joins the many works of public art on the University of Leeds campus, including highlights from Barbara Hepworth, Hubert Dalwood and Simon Fujiwara. You can find out more about the Public Art Trail and download the map here.

Featured Image: Henry Moore, Three Piece Reclining Figure No.2: Bridge Prop, 1963. Lent by Leeds Art Fund, via Leeds Museums and Galleries. Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation