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Henry Moore: The Installation

October 20th, 2010

By Michael Parke-Taylor

Reclining Woman, 1930

I’ve always said that the actual installation of works in an exhibition is the fun part!  The name of the game is to stay flexible in the face of constant changes – be adaptable and be creative.   

The goal of an installation is to make the art come alive and speak to the visitor.  You can make a great artist look terrible or even better than ever thought possible, depending on how the work is installed.

In this exhibition, I’ve been fortunate to collaborate with the very talented 3D designer, Emma Reddington.  She and I have been faced with the very interesting challenge of making large works of sculpture fit into awkward shaped galleries.  Some pieces demand to be seen in the round, while others can be situated in proximity to a wall and have an astounding impact. 

Therein lays the challenge – to make sure that there is room for both the art and the crowd.  The sculpture needs to be safe and at the same time accessible – and it needs to look great!

For more information on The Shape of Anxiety: Henry Moore in the 1930s, click here.

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