Paul McCarthy’s “Henry Moore Bound to Fail” holds a particular place in his oeuvre in terms of design and material. This work’s origins lie in a miniature figure from 1960/61, which did not explicitly relate to Henry Moore at the time.
It was only when McCarthy took up the form again in 2003/04 that he emphasised the similarities to the English artist’s sculptures and included his name in the title.
The sculpture’s location in Karlsplatz relates topographically to Henry Moore as well as formally, positioned in a spot where it ensures visual contact with the sculptor’s “Hill Arches” in front of St Charles’s Church.
Composed to capture detail of thye sculpture contrasted against blue sky.