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Henry Moore's West Wind (1928) carved from Portland stone, was his first public commission.

The relief is placed high on the walls of 55 Broadway, London Underground Limited's headquarters above St. James's Park tube station. The seven 'winds' on the other walls were carved by Eric Gill, A.H Gerrard and Samuel Rabinovich.

The architect Charles Holden commissioned several contemporary sculptures to decorate his art deco building. Most controversially, the pair of sculptures Day and Night by Jacob Epstein which sit above the two main entrances. When the building was completed in 1929 it was the graphic nakedness of Epstein's sculptures that triggered a newspaper campaign to have the sculptures removed.

When courting his future wife Irina, Moore took her on an early date to watch him carving this sculpture.

Photograph © Andrew Dunn, 29 September 2004.
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See also

  • Photograph of the sculpture being carved in Moore's studio.

Keywords: Henry Moore, Sculpture, relief, 55 Broadway London

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