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Secrets of classic NYC: Lincoln Center

One of the most recognizable parts of the performing-arts center's recently renovated complex is Reclining Figure, a giant bronze sculpture created by...

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One of the most recognizable parts of the performing-arts center's recently renovated complex is Reclining Figure, a giant bronze sculpture created by English artist Henry Moore. The piece is the only sculpture that Moore designed specifically to be placed in water. In order to gauge how his creation would look in the complex's reflecting pool, Moore crafted a smaller version of the sculpture at his studio and placed it in a pool of water. The completed piece is 16 feet high and weighs six tons, and was shipped in pieces from the Hermann Noack Foundry in Germany (where it was initially cast in bronze) to New York City via boat. Hearst Plaza, W 65th St between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave (lincolncenter.org)

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