Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Moore's Arch Is Back in Park ... and Now It's Safe

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Moore's Arch Is Back in Park ... and Now It's Safe

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Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent

A GIANT sculpture which Henry Moore gave to the nation has finally been reinstalled 16 years after it was branded dangerous and had to be taken down.

The Arch, six metres high and created from Roman limestone, was restored after developments in technology made it possible to insert an invisible steel support structure inside the 37-tonne work.

Unveiling it in Kensington Gardens, Colin Butter, deputy chief executive of the Royal Parks, said they had always wanted it back but had long feared that it would not prove possible.

Hi-tech scans at Imperial College in 2004 revealed the source of the problem and pointed to a solution. Mr Butter said: "The construction wasn't designed by an engineer, it was designed by an artist, and all the stresses and strains on the weighty structure put the joining of the individual stones under stress and it became unstable," he said. "But through modern engineering techniques, we've been able to provide it with an internal skeleton. …

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