Figure Couchée, Tuileries Gardens
by Leslie Hossack
Henry Moore’s sculpture, Figure Couchée, reclines near the large octagonal pond.
Figure Couchée, Tuileries, Paris 2009, looking south across the octagonal pond toward the Musée de l’Orangerie
© Leslie Hossack
Henry Moore’s sculpture Figure Couchée (Reclining Figure, 1951) was installed in the Tuileries in 1998 at the foot of the stairs leading to the elevated Terrasse du Bord-de-l’Eau.
Lion au serpent (1832) by Antoine Louis Barye, is situated up on the terrace near the columns of the Orangerie. (Please click on the image to see more details.) Constructed in 1852, the Orangerie was later transformed into exhibition galleries for Claude Monet’s Waterlilies.
The large octagonal pond in the foreground is surrounded by metal chairs. For centuries the gardens have provided chairs for the public, and to this day visitors are not allowed to walk on the grass anywhere in the park.