Three-Way Piece Number 1: Points (1964)
Henry Moore (1898–1986)
- Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 16th and 17th Streets (relocated 1990)
- Bronze, on granite base
- Height 7’3″; width 7’5″; depth 6’5″ (base height 4″)
- Initiated by the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art)
- Owned by the Association for Public Art
“Sculpture,” said Henry Moore, “should always at first sight have some obscurities, and further meanings.” His one-ton bronze on the Parkway is an example of such visual ambiguities. It may appear to be a massive, polished, three-pointed stone—and in fact Moore kept a similarly shaped pebble in his studio for years. On the other hand, the bronze also looks like a weighty animal, with its three “points” like paws on which it delicately balances. Some have said that it resembles a hunched bird. From certain angles it even suggests a giant tooth or a gnawed bone. Whatever one’s first impression may be, the work changes as the viewer walks around it.
Philadelphia’s Three-Way Piece was purchased by the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art) in 1967 and installed in John F. Kennedy Plaza that year. In November 1990 the sculpture was relocated to a landscaped area along the Parkway.
Adapted from Public Art in Philadelphia by Penny Balkin Bach (Temple University Press, Philadelphia, 1992).
Three-Way Piece Number 1: Points
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Mei-Ling Hom is a sculptor and installation artist in Philadelphia. She is known for her explorations of form in space. She works with various tactile materials including bronze, stone, and clay.
Michael R. Taylor was Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Taylor is the author of Henry Moore: A Centennial Salute and the curator of the companion exhibition.
Segment Producer: Jonathan Mitchell