Arts & Crafts

Henry Moore at Kew

In 2008 there was an open-air exhibition of Henry Moore statues at Kew Gardens.
I went with a friend who had once, years before, been a pupil.
I am always really happy to move on in a relationship; when your child becomes one of your best friends and critics that is such a rewarding and eye-opening experience, and in a similar way visiting a gallery or museum as a friend, with someone who used to listen but now discusses and enlightens, is an enriching thing.

I knew it would be a good day, and it was.

Henry Moore's work is seen at its very best in a wide green space.
The great, energetic, smooth shapes have spaces through which glimpses of the surrounding scenery are framed; there are so many beautiful ways of viewing them that I used up all my film in a very short time.

It was a warm, sunny day, and we moved from statue to statue, looking through and around them, always finding something new to capture.
Even when I had no film left, I found myself trying different views; each shape had its own character and colour, and could be touched and enjoyed.

This was my favourite exhibition ever; some of Henry Moore's ideas are too big to be really appreciated in an enclosed space, and this (Moore & Kew) was a combination, like a perfect marriage, which brought out the best in both of them.

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