The return of Large Standing Figure: Knife Edge Henry Moore sculpture installed in Greenwich Park
'Large Standing Figure: Knife Edge', a sculpture made by Henry Moore in 1976, has been returned to Greenwich Park. On loan from The Henry Moore Foundation to The Royal Parks for two years, the sculpture is located between The Avenue and Croom's Hill Gate and will be in place throughout the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The return of this popular sculpture has been made possible through joint funding from The Friends of Greenwich Park, The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and The Royal Parks. There has been significant support from the local community to see the much loved 'Knife Edge' returned to this World Heritage Site.
The sculpture, which stands 358cm tall (almost five metres including the plinth), was originally sited by Moore in Greenwich Park in 1979. In February 2007 the sculpture was removed for conservation prior to joining a major Moore exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Since then it has been enjoyed as part of the Henry Moore display at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, near Moore's birthplace of Castleford. Due to popular demand the bronze has now been returned to The Royal Parks and installed in its original location in Greenwich Park.
Colin Buttery, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Parks, The Royal Parks said: "Henry Moore originally chose Greenwich Park as the ideal location for this striking sculpture and we would like to thank the Friends of Greenwich Park and LOCOG for their support in helping return the Knife Edge in time for the Olympic and Paralympic events that will take place here. The eyes of the world will be on the Royal Parks and on Greenwich Park during the summer of 2012 and we're delighted that so many people will have the opportunity to see Knife Edge in this beautiful setting."
A spokesperson for the Friends of Greenwich Park said:"The Friends are delighted to see the Knife Edge sculpture back in its striking setting in Greenwich Park, regarded as its home for nearly 30 years. It has been sorely missed by many local people since it was removed in 2007. During its absence, we - together with other individuals and organisations - have taken an active interest in seeking its return. We are therefore particularly pleased that the Friends' financial contribution has helped The Royal Parks make that possible - for the next two years at least."
Jonathan Edwards, LOCOG Board Member, said:"The return of this sculpture adds to the many attractions of Greenwich Park, and we are delighted to have been able to play a part in its return. This sculpture will add to the history and culture of the Park. Hosting the Equestrian and Modern Pentathlon events during the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012 will also add a rich strand to the history and uniqueness of Greenwich Park. We are working hard on the detail of our plans for the events next year to ensure this will be one of the outstanding sporting experiences of 2012 but also to ensure that the Park is reinstated afterwards."
Anita Feldman, Head of Collections and Exhibitions, The Henry Moore Foundation said:"It is wonderful to return the sculpture to the site Moore selected particularly as it will be overlooking London during the Olympic Games. Moore once exhibited a version of this sculpture on a hillside overlooking the Acropolis in Athens - its upraised arm, arched back and tilted hip recall the triumphant gesture and humanism of the ancient Nike of Samonthrace."
For further information or images please contact: Katy Murray, Communications Manager for the London 2012 Games and The Royal Parks 0300 061 2146 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors
About 'Large Standing Figure: Knife Edge' and Henry Moore: Henry Moore is Britain's most eminent Modernist sculptor. 'Knife Edge' was originally installed in Greenwich Park in 1979 following the artist's choice of site. The work belongs to the Henry Moore Foundation.
Knife Edge is located between The Avenue and Croom's Hill Gate in Greenwich Park. To view a map of Greenwich Park please click on the following link: http://www.royalparks.org.uk/docs/park_maps/GreenwichPark_English_Map.pdf
About The Royal Parks: The Royal Parks is an executive agency of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The Royal Parks are: Bushy Park, The Green Park, Greenwich Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, The Regent's Park and Primrose Hill, Richmond Park and St James's Park. For further information please visit: www.royalparks.org.uk
About the Friends of Greenwich Park: The Friends of Greenwich Park was set up in 1992 to support Park management, encourage an informed interest in Greenwich Park, the oldest of the Royal Parks, and to raise funds for special projects. It has a membership of nearly 1700, including 30 corporate Friends. For further information please visit: www.friendsofgreenwichpark.org.uk
About the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games:"LOCOG is the privately financed company responsible for preparing and staging the London 2012 Games. LOCOG raises its money through sponsorship, ticket sales, merchandise and broadcasting rights. LOCOG is the direct link to the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee. For further information please visit: www.london2012.comback to top