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Spectacular Henry Moore Sculpture in Houston's Eleanor Tinsley Park

Updated on March 19, 2020
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Henry Moore Sculpture titled "Large Spindle Piece" in Houston
Henry Moore Sculpture titled "Large Spindle Piece" in Houston | Source

Houston, Texas Showstopper!

This voluptuous bronze sculpture by Henry Moore with the title "Large Spindle Piece" has quite a dramatic setting! Initially installed in Hyde Park of London, it was moved to Eleanor Tinsley Park in 1979.

On a vast expanse of open lawn space within Eleanor Tinsley Park in Houston, Texas, this showstopper piece of public art can be viewed from many different angles.

Walking around this art piece should be done to get the full effect of this massive cast bronze sculpture by Henry Moore. My hubby and I did just that on one beautiful cloudy day when I took some pictures. We had been driving past this portion of the park, only viewing the sculpture from our car windows for years.

Eleanor Tinsley Park

Eleanor Tinsley Park is situated along the banks of Buffalo Bayou. Great views of downtown Houston are on view from this well-utilized park to the west of the downtown center of the city. The location of Eleanor Tinsley Park in Houston, Texas, is 1600 Allen Pkwy., Houston, Texas 77019.

Annual events like the 4th of July party, the annual Art Car Parade, and other affairs see masses of people gathering here for special occasions. At other times joggers or people enjoying a quiet picnic might be spotted. Laughter might be heard from families with children enjoying the vast lawn spaces. There is much to do and see in this fabulous city park consisting of 20 acres.

Most people around the world are familiar with the sculptures of Henry Moore if they are at all interested in art.

Henry Moore "Large Spindle Piece" sculpture with downtown Houston as a backdrop
Henry Moore "Large Spindle Piece" sculpture with downtown Houston as a backdrop | Source

Artist Henry Spencer Moore

This successful English sculptor, artist, and the professor had exhibitions worldwide, and much of his sculptural art is dedicated to being public works of art.

Henry Spencer Moore was one of 8 children born into a family where his father’s work was that of a coal miner. His parents wanted better lives for their children, as many good parents often strive to accomplish. Henry showed an undeniable talent for art, and it was encouraged.

The whole of nature is an endless demonstration of shape and form. It always surprises me when artists try to escape from this.

— Henry Moore
Henry Moore "Large Spindle Piece" sculpture in Eleanor Tinsley Park in Houston
Henry Moore "Large Spindle Piece" sculpture in Eleanor Tinsley Park in Houston | Source

Henry Moore Sculptures

Following a stint in the service during World War I, he received an ex-serviceman’s grant (much like the G.I. Bill in the U.S.), which Moore applied towards studying sculpture at what is now known as Leeds College of Art.

Henry Moore became very successful, and most of what he started creating were bronze sculptures monumental in scale.

He primarily abstracted human figures using concave and convex shapes, and often they have holes or voids in their design. Once you have viewed one or two Henry Moore sculptures, the others, while different, can be quite easily identified as having originated with this artist.

The most extensive collections of his works in one area are in Perry Green, Hertfordshire on a large estate comprised of 40 acres, which used to be his home.

The Henry Moore Foundation continues to foster and support the public appreciation of visual arts. It is well funded because of the tremendous monetary success Henry Moore had during his lifetime. He was fortunately not one of the many starving artists who often gain notoriety and prosperity long after they are gone from this world.

"Large Spindle Piece" sculpture by Henry Moore in Eleanor Tinsley Park in Houston
"Large Spindle Piece" sculpture by Henry Moore in Eleanor Tinsley Park in Houston | Source

A sculptor is a person obsessed with the form and the shape of things, and it's not just Ihe shape of any one thing, but the shape of any thing and everything.

— Henry Moore
Different view of the "Large Spindle Piece" sculpture by Henry Moore in Eleanor Tinsley Park in Houston Source: Peggy Woods
Different view of the "Large Spindle Piece" sculpture by Henry Moore in Eleanor Tinsley Park in Houston Source: Peggy Woods | Source

Sculpture is an art of the open air... I would rather have a piece of my sculpture put in a landscape, almost any landscape, than in, or on, the most beautiful building I know.

— Henry Moore
Another view of the "Large Spindle Piece" sculpture by Henry Moore in Eleanor Tinsley Park in Houston
Another view of the "Large Spindle Piece" sculpture by Henry Moore in Eleanor Tinsley Park in Houston | Source

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Peggy Woods

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      9 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ruby,

      I am pleased that you enjoyed this post regarding the Henry Moore sculpture in Houston's Eleanor Tinsley Park. It is a beauty!

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      9 days ago from Southern Illinois

      This was another interesting article, showcasing Henry Moore's sculptures. The history surrounding his life and his quotes were wise and understandable. Another nice one Peggy.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      9 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      Thanks for letting me know that you like this sculpture created by Henry Moore, as well as his sayings in those quotes.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      9 days ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      The sculpture is beautiful and thanks for sharing an insight into Henry Moore's work. His sayings reflect the personality of a true artist.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      9 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Linda,

      I like that last quote by Henry Moore also. More people get to enjoy sculptures out in the open air than those who are likely to see them in museums. Thanks for your comment.

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      Linda Crampton 

      10 days ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The third quote from Henry Moore was especially interesting and thought-provoking. You've created another enjoyable article about Houston, Peggy.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      10 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Bill,

      It is a beauty! So glad you liked this Henry Moore sculpture and that it touched you in a way good art does.

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      Bill Holland 

      10 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Do I like it? I love it! Really...spectacular and thought-provoking my kind of art. Thank you for sharing, Peggy!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      11 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Kyler,

      They will probably answer, "Peggy Who?" Ha! I am pleased that you are enjoying what you read and see about the Houston area.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      11 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pamela,

      The setting for this Henry Moore sculpture is particularly lovely. It can be enjoyed from all angles. Glad you liked viewing it.

    • Kyler J Falk profile image

      Kyler J Falk 

      11 days ago from Corona, CA

      Houston sure does have a lot to see and do, and you do them all justice.

      I can't wait to visit one day, and when I do I'm gonna say "I'm here because of Peggy Woods!"

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      11 days ago from Sunny Florida

      This large bronze sculpture is beautiful. Looking at the pictures from different angles was great. Seeing the city in the background is really nice as well. Henry Moore did very unique and beautiful work.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      11 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Nell,

      I am happy to show you this Henry Moore sculpture that you like. It has a beautiful setting with downtown Houston as one backdrop.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      11 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Umesh,

      I am pleased that you liked this.

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      Nell Rose 

      11 days ago from England

      Hi, this is fabulous Peggy! I do love his work, and this one in particular, so thank you for sharing it, I had no idea it was over there in America!

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      11 days ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Elaborate and informative. Thanks.

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