N. Clyde Degginger Memorial: Sheep Piece

N. Clyde Degginger Memorial: Sheep Piece

LOCATION:
Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd & Rockhill Rd Kansas City, MO 64110

Location: 47th Street at the southeast corner of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art grounds.

Designer: Henry Moore, Sculptor

Dedicated: May 17, 1976

Description:

Height 13 feet

Length: 19 feet

Width: 13 feet

Bronze sculpture in two parts

This 4-ton bronze sculpture, identified to Kansas Citians as the “Sheep Piece,” was cast in the Nowack Foundry in Berlin, Germany, and was purchased in 1974 through the estate of N. Clyde Degginger who died in 1967.  Mr. Degginger was a Kansas farmer and small-town general store manager before moving to Kansas City where he lived his last 40 years at 2823 Harrison.  Mr. Degginger’s will gave explicit instructions regarding the purchase of a bronze sculpture for Kansas City.

Henry Moore, considered one of the world’s greatest sculptors, and the foremost artist using bronze as a sculptural medium lives between London and Cambridge in England where the sculpture was conceived and developed.  This piece was described as having “strong pastoral content that suits the agriculture of the plains.  Its forms are rther bison-like, and yet abstracted in the way of rocks and boulders.”