Description: Moore's Working Model

The three organic forms of Working Model for Three Piece No. 3: Vertebrae were inspired by stones and sheep’s bones Henry Moore found while walking around his farm in England.

The dimensions of time and space are essential to Moore’s expression as a sculptor.  Viewers must experience the sculpture in the round to fully understand the dynamic relationship of these interlocking shapes.   From one side they appear to fuse into a single mass; from another the individuality of the three forms becomes clear.  This changeable quality might also suggest human relationships as they evolve over time.

  • Artist: Henry Spencer Moore, British, 1898–1986
  • Created: 1968
  • Credit Line: Given in memory of Joseph C. Wilson by a group of his friends, 72.51