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City Sculpture Projects 1972

City Sculpture Projects 1972
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24 Nov 2016 - 19 Feb 2017

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The Henry Moore Institute

74 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AH

Sculpture was talk of the town in Britain in the summer of 1972. It was being interrogated, debated, written about and photographed – and regularly appeared in regional and national newspapers, often with damning criticism and complaint. This was down to the City Sculpture Project, a hugely ambitious public sculpture scheme that supported the commissioning of large-scale works.

For a period of six months, between March and November 1972, sculptures were installed in eight cities in England and Wales. From Nicholas Monro’s over five-metre tall statue of King Kong in Birmingham, to Liliane Lijn’s revolving cone in Plymouth and William Turnbull’s six-part stainless steel sculpture ‘Angle’ in Liverpool, these works all reimagined sculpture’s relation to the city and the urban viewer.

This autumn the Henry Moore Institute, a centre for the study of sculpture, returns to this ambitious and fascinating sculpture project in the exhibition City Sculpture Projects 1972. Presenting sculptures and maquettes, some being remade by the artists especially for the exhibition, alongside photographs and archival material, much of the selected material has not been seen in public for over forty years.

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The Henry Moore Institute is open 7 days a week from 11am to 5.30pm and until 8pm on Wednesdays.
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