Artwork Title: Wall Relief Nº 1

Wall Relief Nº 1, 1955

Henry Moore

Former Bouwcentrum (Building Centre), Weena Street, Rotterdam, Netherlands. Wall Relief No. 1 is a relief in brick. It is a work of art in the public space at the Weena in Rotterdam, designed in 1955 by US sculptor Henry Moore. Henry Moore designed Wall Relief No. 1 on behalf of the Building Center in Rotterdam, as part of the facade of the building at Weena, opposite the Groothandelsgebouw. It is the only work made from bricks in Moore's entire oeuvre, which is mostly known for its abstract bronze and marble sculptures. The architect of the Building Center was Joost Boks. The brick relief is 8.4 meters high and 10 meters wide and was built by two Dutch masons Cornelius Molendijk and G.W.J. Phillips made with 16,000 bricks. They spent about 1,200 hours working on this work over a period of about 4 months. Moore outsourced the masonry because he could not do it himself and because, according to him, Dutch masons are famous for their craftsmanship. In 2010, the former Construction Center, called Weena Point, was demolished. Wall Relief No. 1 was then moved for a while. In January 2015, the sculpture was returned to the Weena, as part of the new building now standing there. (
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