Square Form with Cut, the large white marble sculpture by Henry Moore, is the first great work of contemporary art that was donated to the city of Prato, representing a symbol of modernity and the start of a new discourse about urban décor.
The sculpture, found in piazza San Marco, is set in front of the Calvana mountains, where the historic gateway opened towards Florence.
To make the sculpture, Moore personally selected 30 large blocks of marble from the quarries in the highest Apuan mountain. The artist, one of the greatest sculptors of 20th-century art, gave the piece the appearance of an organic expansion, as if it were generated or animated by a force within the material.
Franco Russoli was entrusted with commenting on the sculpture in a publication printed for the occasion.
“In this vibrant sculpture, in its reprieve that modulates and models void and solid in the synchronous rhythm of social and individual life, it has lyrical synthesis, a plastic metaphor of an ancient concept that is still active in European civilisation. In it, the space of the new city finds its form and symbol, which nourishes its history for the future.”