The purchase of Moore’s work wasn’t without controversy. In an argument that will sound familiar today, the City Council balked at the $120,000 price tag for the sculpture, questioning both the price tag and the validity of abstract art, saying the money would be better spent on hospitals or youth programs.
Located in Nathan Phillips Square, The Archer by Henry Moore (also known as Three Way Piece No. 2), was unveiled on October 27, 1966. Know at the time as “Henry Moore’s big bronze whatchamacallit”, the statue weighs in at 2.5 tons and stands a little over 4.5 meters tall.