Making the Most of Henry Moore

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PARK LIFE: Moore's Oval with Points has been planted in front of Kew's Palm House

Henry Moore once said that "sculpture is an art of the open air." That's certainly true about his sculpture, all those massive blobs of bronze sunning themselves in plazas all over the world. Moore wanted his art, especially the monumental work that dominated his output after World War II, to be seen outdoors, in primal settings that bring out its kinship to the mineral fundaments of the earth itself.

Primal may not be the word to describe the well-groomed landscapes at Kew, the Royal Botanic Gardens on the outskirts of central London, but the backdrop of grassy slopes...

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