Henry Moore Sculpture

Columbia University, New York, NY

Reclining Figure is an early 1970’s bronze casting of a sculpture whose theme the British sculptor Sir Henry Moore explored throughout his career. This work, like the others, suggests a reclining female figure in a rhythm of abstracted forms. The art collectors Mr. And Mrs. David Finn donated this work to Columbia University. Mr. Finn is a well-known photographer and author on sculpture who has generously donated other works by Moore to universities throughout the United States.

We were engaged to remove the work from the Finn’s home, transport it to storage, design a new base, treat the work and then install it on the Columbia University campus. Our senior conservators worked with Silman engineers to determine a foundation design, which was created after some discussion within the University about the appropriate location to site the work. Once resolved, Conservators washed the bronze, applied a conservation grade hot wax, transported the sculpture to the site at the north-end of the main campus, and set it on the granite base.