A friend of mine once joked that a Torontonian can spot a Henry Moore sculpture from a mile away. This must be true, because it’s actually happened to me while travelling before.
There are a couple of his sculptures across downtown Toronto, including the almost bonelike “The Archer” at city hall. The sculpture is a prominent feature of Nathan Phillips Square but as commonplace and unobtrusive as it looks to us now, way back when it was installed it was somehow super controversial, even costing the mayor his job come election time. Another of his larger pieces has also recently been relocated to to Grange Park behind the Art Gallery.
While the Archer is probably the most visible mark of Henry Moore on the city, the largest public collection of his work in the world, most of it donated by Moore himself, can be seen at the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) and it’s not to be missed (especially if you like art). It’s in one big room that’s usually quiet, serene, and feels almost private. The lights are motion sensored, so it almost feels like someone’s turning on the lights just for you. I have gotten lost in thought walking amidst those sculptures. To the side, you can learn about the controversy surrounding the archer, and see some smaller pieces.