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This sculpture was designed for Toronto's new city hall in 1966 at the suggestion of Finnish architect Viljo Revell. The major of Toronto, Philip Givens, enthusiastically supported the idea of purchasing it with public money, but the when the City Council learned the price, $100 000 (750 000 in today's dollar) , they refused to approve the purchase. But Givens managed to raise the money privately, so he bought the sculpture and installed it in front of the new city hall. The public did not show much love for it, and Givens was not reelected when his term expired. Henry Moore probably felt bad about the incident, because in 1974 he donated to the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) more than 200 of his sculptures including one big bronze piece, which is now a much loved public art, and the AGO's Henry Moore Sculpture Centre is a major tourist attraction. There are two other views of the sculpture in the Workshop, all are scans from 1973 pictures.

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Additional Photos by Barnabas Bozoki (bbarna) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 49 W: 5 N: 519] (1447)
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