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Large Arch

Large Arch, from west
Large Arch, from south
Large Arch, from south, Fall

Henry Moore, 1971

Henry Moore was asked to design a sculpture of the library plaza on the suggestion of I.M. Pei, architect of the library. Pei thought that a work placed there should serve as focal point as well as a counter-balance to the two modernist structures that surround it.

The site and size of the work encourages people to walk around and through it, as Moore had said, “As a young sculptor, I saw Stonehenge and ever since I’ve wanted to do work that could be walked through and around.”

The sculpture was a gift to the community from J. Irwin and Xenia Miller.

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  • Watch an arch being built at Kensington Gardens, England (5:16)
  • Henry Moore at the New York Botanical Garden (6:11)