1. ArchDaily
  2. Ar Ttube

Ar Ttube: The Latest Architecture and News

Surface As Sculpture: Henry Moore's Brick Reliefs In Rotterdam

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.

Working drawing, façade detail. Image © The Henry Moore FoundationThe wall in-situ - February 2015. Image © James Taylor-FosterConstructing the wall relief. Image © The Henry Moore FoundationThe brick wall integrated into the Building Centre, since demolished (1970). Image © The Henry Moore Foundation+ 6