Double Oval

BRONZE
Length 550cm
LOCATION
G/F JARDINE HOUSE
FLOOR PLAN
artist picture
Henry Moore, OM, CH, FBA

1898-1986

The British sculptor Henry Moore was one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th century. He drew on studies of Classical, pre-Columbian and African art to create original and truly modern sculptural forms, usually in marble or cast bronze. Abstractions of organic shapes and the human body were his primary motifs. Many of his forms are abstractions of the human body; often pierced or containing hollow spaces.

“Double Oval” expresses a seemingly impossible balance between bulk and grace. The surface, smooth in some places and rough in others, gives the sculpture a tactile quality and creates a sensation of depth and shade. Like many of Moore’s works, “Double Oval” contains hollow spaces, which not only offer the viewer a glimpse of the landscape beyond and portion of the other form, but also heightens the sense of balance and harmony. The emotional power of the sculpture is enhanced by its monumental size. Hongkong Land acquired by its monumental size. Hongkong Land acquired “Double Oval” in 1975. It was originally placed in Connaught Gardens, adjacent to Jardine House in 1977, in memory of Mr Vernon Roberts, J.P., the Director and General Manager of Hongkong Land from January 1964 to October 1977. The sculpture was moved to its current position on 18th August 2008.

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