For a couple of years I was devoid of one of my favourite artworks in Rotterdam, but recently it has been uncovered again. It is located only a few hundred meters from my house which means from now on I can enjoy it again every day. I’m talking about a blind brick wall by the way… but not just any brick wall.
Henry Moore’s Wall Relief No. 1 is a unique piece of art in his oeuvre. It’s his only sculpture in brick. A series of geometrical shapes on the sides of the wall enclose five free-shaped elements in the middle. It’s hard to tell whether they represent something or not. It’s up to you what you would like to see in it.
No less than 16,000 hard-crafted bricks have been put in place by two master masons in a period of four months in 1955. At that time the wall was part of a building centre. The building has been demolished but luckily the wall remained and now is part of the base of a high-rise building.
The best moment to visit the wall relief is probably late afternoon, when the low sun from the west gently strikes the bricks. But it’s worth visiting at every time of the day and since it’s only a stone’s throw from the central station it’s not to be missed, even with the quickest visit to Rotterdam.