Where: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri.
Nestled on the south side of the Bloch Building, Henry Moore’s “Reclining Connected Form” explores the protective relationship between mother and child in this monumental bronze sculpture in the museum’s sculpture garden.
“The siting is so apropos,” says Jan Schall, Sanders Sosland curator of modern and contemporary art. They actually created a bowl in the ground to create a womb-like experience. It is almost like Mother Earth.”
Landscape architects Daniel Kiley and Jaquelin Robertson designed the outdoor space. Though out of frame in this photo, there is a small stone wall in the bowl for sitting and contemplation.
“Visitors feel a sense of solace and solitude in the space,” says Schall. “They love the idea of maternity and the magic of creation. It is a universal experience – being born.”
The Henry Moore Sculpture Garden opened at the Nelson in 1989 but the name was changed to the Kansas City Sculpture Park in 1996 after the addition of Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen’s Shuttlecocks and other non-Moore sculptures.
There are 32 works in the Sculpture Park, including 13 bronze sculptures by Moore and the new, 56-foot, stainless steel, tree-like sculpture, Ferment, by Roxy Paine.