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Barbara Hepworth Museum - Sculpture Garden

Barbara Hepworth came to Cornwall with her husband, Ben Nicholson, in 1939. She worked here at Trewyn Studios, (since 1980 the Tate-run Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden), from 1949 untill her death in 1975, She used the garden as a viewing area for her monumental bronze pieces, many of which occupy positions in which she herself placed them.

The work you are standing virtually in the middle of, Conversation with Magic Stones, consists of six bronze forms - three 'stones' and three taller 'figures' and was made in 1973.

The garden is Barbara Hepworth's own creation, filled with the sculptures she made at Trewyn Studio. In the centre of the garden, stands the enormous Four Square (Walk Through) of 1966, the artist's largest work. On the other side of the path you can see the unusual steel rod sculpture Apollo of 1951, which was made for the Old Vic production of Sophocles' Electra, for which the artist designed the sets and costumes.

 

Barbara Hepworth Museum - Stone-carving workshop

Barbara Hepworth museum, St Ives

Barbara Hepworth's stone-carving workshop is more or less untouched since the artist’s death in 1975.

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