Henry Moore

University of Chicago

In December the University of Chicago dedicated the large Henry Moore sculpture, Nuclear Energy. Erected on the site of the first nuclear chain reaction the setting has yet to be completed and the interaction between the piece and its surroundings has yet to be determined. Although not overlarge in size (its 12-foot height being about one quarter that of the Picasso Head at the Civic Center) it is monumental in scale like so many of Moore’s works and appears to be a major sculpture in the artist’s oeuvre.

Erecting sculptural monuments which are intended to commemorate historic events has become an infrequent occurrence in the 20th century. Among other factors which brought about the lack of interest in this genre was the complete lack of quality in so many of the 19th-century monuments. Overdone, bombastic and valueless in every way, the bronze sculptures which clutter the parks of this

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