14/04/2009: Henry Moore Foundation to Exhibit Artworks That Were Never Made
The Diana Memorial, Hyde Park. But what could have filled the space instead?
The Henry Moore Foundation was set up by famous British sculptor Henry Moore to promote visual art, especially sculpture across two settings, one in Leeds and another in Hetfordshire. Moore himself is famous for his monumental public sculptures that are dotted all around the world so it's fitting that the forthcoming exhibition at the Leeds foundation is going to showcase a range of public art proposals but with a twist: none of them were ever made.
The collection has been attained from the Public Art Development Trust which deals with proposals for public art and runs competitions for artists to propose ideas for situations; one of the most notable is the Princess Dianna memorial in Hyde Park. The new exhibition will show other proposals that could be in place of the memorial fountain, including British artist Julian Opie's proposal of a series of three big screens showing rippling water and figurative line drawing animations that would stand in Hyde Park overlooking the Serpentine.
The Foundation is still unsure as to what they've acquired as the foundation's curators continue to unpack the crates containing the collection but you'll be able to see a selection at the Henry Moore Foundation in Leeds at the end of next month.