Henry Moore: Sheep Piece (1971-1972),
Hoglands, Hertfordshire, England
Imagine a flock of sheep grazing in a field of green.
The noonday sun is hot, so they seek shelter in
Henry Moore's 19-feet wide bronze Sheep Piece
designed especially for them.
has stood in the field beyond Moore's studio window since 1977.
It was from this studio that Moore drew inspiration for his drawings of sheep
in the 1970s, filling a sketchbook and later creating a series of Sheep
etchings based on the drawings. The sheep field is rented to a local farmer,
thus preserving the appearance of the landscape and the animals that Moore admired.
I dedicate this web page to my brother Jimmy, born in the year of sheep
and on August 31 when Henry Moore passed on at the age of 88.
Source: Geoffrey Shakerley & Stephen Spender, Henry Moore: Sculptures in Landscape,
Clarkson N. Potter, Inc., NY, 1978