Knife Edge – Two Piece sculpture
Public Art : Knife Edge – Two Piece sculpture
Sculptor : © Henry Moore
Description: You may recognise this scultpure as it
quite often appears as a backdrop for countless interviews with British politicians. This is one of four bronze
casts of Henry Moore's sculpture Knife Edge- Two Piece. The bronze is 7ft high and 12 ft in length.
Date Unveiled: The sculpture was made between 1962 -
Location: Knife Edge is located opposite the Houses
of Parliament, Abingdon Street Gardens, Parliament Square, Westminister, London.
Artist Statement: "When I was offered the site near
the House of Lords… I liked the place so much that I didn’t bother to go and see an alternative site in Hyde Park —
one lonely sculpture can be lost in a large park. The House of Lords site is quite different. It is next to a path
where people walk and it has a few seats where they can sit and contemplate it."
Trivia : The artist kept a cast and it now
resides in the grounds of the Henry Moore Foundation.
Probably the worst description ever of Henry Moore's bronze was made by Conservative backbencher
Neil Marten during question time in the House of Commons when he asked why "this lovely part of Westminster should
be littered with something that looks like a crashed unidentified flying object".