||Its official name is Three-Way Piece No. 2, but most Torontonians know the large sculpture in Nathan Phillips Square as the Archer.
Architect Viljo Revell asked British sculptor, Henry Moore, to design and create a statue that would complement the flowing lines of City Hall.
The Archer is a 2.5 tonne bronze free-form statue that rests on a concrete base, surrounded by a floor of concrete embedded with stones.
Although $100,000 had been set aside for a piece of artwork for Nathan Phillips Square, Moore's abstract design created sufficient public controversy that it was initially not accepted by City Council. However, following the death of Viljo Revell, Mayor Phillip Givens undertook a campaign to raise the $100,000 needed to purchase the Archer through private donations.
The Archer was installed in Nathan Phillips Square in 1966.
In 1974, Henry Moore donated 200 pieces of his artwork to the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. They are on view in the Gallery's Henry Moore Sculpture Centre.
More information regarding Henry Moore may be found on the website of the Henry Moore Foundation.