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In 1954 British sculptor Henry Moore was commissioned to design and install a large wall relief into Joost Boks' new bouwcentrum (Construction Centre) in the Dutch city of Rotterdam. The project, pieced together with approximately 16,000 hand-carved Dutch bricks, stands as the sculptor's only work completed in the humble material. In a short documentary film produced by ARTtube, architectural historian Wouter Vanstiphout narrates the fascinating story behind Wall Relief No.1. Although designed by Moore on a conceptual level, the relief was assembled by two master bricklayers who worked for around 1,200 hours over the course of four months in 1955. Weekly photographic progress reports were sent to Moore in England, to which he returned comments, ideas and modifications. As a symbol of his profound appreciation for the skill of the bricklayers the pre-eminent post-war artist later donated his design for the relief to the bouwcentrum free of commission. According to Aukje Vergeest, "Moore described the work as ‘restful to the eyes’ and ‘a harmonious chapter for the rhythmic story narrated by the lines and planes of the building’." View more View full description
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