Originally commissioned by architect J.W.C Boks to design the façade of the Bouwcentrum Building Center (Rotterdam, The Netherlands), Henry Moore first created several maquettes in order to determine the exact design aesthetic which he would re-create on a larger scale.
Distinct in aesthetic quality, Moore creates an abstract architectural form that showcases five abbreviated figures.
This work was conceived as a maquette for the immense wall relief displayed in Rotterdam at the Bouwcentrum. In the catalogue Celebrating Moore by David Mitchinson, the author states, "Moore apparently worked his ideas straight into maquettes form, without the intermediary of drawings, producing ten compositions. It is ironic that he eschewed drawing on this occasion, as the result is closer than any of his sculptural works to a page from his sketchbooks, or a worked-up drawing composition.
There is a rigorous asymmetry in the schematic lay-out. The five human-animal figures roughly at the centre of the composition are highly distinctive, as they emerge from or are submerged within the picture plane" (Mitchinson, p 244).