“The two words Bridge and Prop came about because if one looks at the sculpture, with its base at eye level, then it makes a series of arches, or bridges (it reminded me while doing it of the views underneath Waterloo Bridge from the Embankment, which I often pass when taking a taxi from Liverpool Street Station to the West End).” ( Henry Moore Sculpture, ed. David Mitchinson, p. 165)
Bridge Prop is Three Piece Reclining Figure No. 2. One of the six produced resides on Brown’s main green, where it has gained the nickname “multi-ass chair” for its ability to accomodate a wide array of body types.
From the Encyclopedia Brunoniana:
bq. Bridge-Prop is the title given to the sculpture on the College Green near Faunce House, executed by Henry Moore and given to the University in 1974 by Mr. and Mrs. David Finn of New Rochelle, New York, the parents of three Brown students. The female figure cast in bronze, which weighs over a ton, is in three parts, one leaning against another, the third standing free. Moore, explaining the derivation of the title, noted that �Bridge� meant that, if one looked at the sculpture with its base at eye levels, a series of arches can be seen, and �Prop� was applied to the arm that props up the head and shoulder part against the middle part. Moore visited the campus in May 1974 to view the sculpture and officiate at the opening of an exhibition in the List Art Building of photographs which David Finn had taken of it. Finn published photographs of the sculpture in a book, As the Eye Moves.