Rachel Harrison, Moore to the point, 2013
City Hall Plaza
A giant arrow pointing to Henry Moore's sculpture, Three Forms Vertebrae (The Dallas Piece), called attention not only to the work but to the conditions that frame our encounters with works of art.
For Nasher XChange, Harrison fabricated a giant pink arrow that was installed in City Hall Plaza in downtown Dallas. The arrow pointed to an existing sculpture at the site, Henry Moore’s sculpture, The Dallas Piece. Harrison’s project grew out of a visit to Dallas City Hall during which she was surprised to see Moore’s outdoor sculpture encircled by metal barricades. For Harrison, the barricades recalled the metal stanchions now commonly found surrounding sculptures in museums, a feature Harrison has sometimes referred to in her own work.
Although the barricades were removed, most visitors walked around the sculpture, rather than moving through it as Moore had intended. Harrison’s giant arrow called attention not only to Moore’s often-overlooked piece but to the conditions that frame our encounters with works of art.
The Nasher Sculpture Center extends its gratitude to The Dallas Foundation, whose generous support helped to make this Nasher XChange installation possible.