I follow a great travel site: Hops and Skips and Jumps by a lady traveller from Ireland. She has been posting Saturday Sculptures and inviting fellow bloggers to share their images.
Way back in 2003 I was visiting Aldeburgh in Suffolk with my husband and we were fortunate in coming face-to-face with the iconic Henry Moore sculpture ‘Reclining Figure’:
Within the following two years the figure had been moved to the Henry Moore Foundation in Hertfordshire from where all two tonne of bronze was stolen and, so the theory goes, melted down and sold. This notion has been questioned with many believing that the huge bronze figure was stolen to order and sold for a whole lot more than its scrap value.
Whatever happened to the sculpture, and for whatever reason, it was an absolute privilege to have seen it. Solid and formidable, and unmistakably a feminine powerhouse. I hope whoever stole it from society realises the real tragedy of their action. Culture and beauty are not natural bedfellows with finance and influence.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing this iconic masterpiece. If so, please like, share, and comment.
Thank you for reading.
Wow can’t believe it was stolen….beautiful photo 😀
Yes, it is truly unbelievable what people do for a relatively small sum of money. I don’t think the outcome for this wonderful piece is know with certainty. Best case – stolen to order and now in a very private collection; worst case – melted down and sold for the value of the metal. Having seen it, just the thought that it could be lifted is mind-boggling.
There was a spate of thefts of bronze sculptures on motorways etc. here a number of years back – it was presumed to be for the metal. That’s a fabulous piece – I hope it wasn’t destroyed…..
Unfortunately it may well have been. Certainly has never been found. Best case would be that it was stolen to order but how it was done is a mystery – she was no small lady! Maz X
PS … thank you for the nice blog plug!!!
You’re welcome. I enjoy your travel blog – I’m sure it will whet the appetite of others. Maz X