January 2016 : Single Form

Hello, Mrs Hg137 here again.

In mid January 2016, 40 of the UK’s works of post-war public art were listed by Historic England. The BBC described them all here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35352595 One of the statues we saw in 2015 was among them. I think that’s excellent – I like good bits of sculpture and occasionally drag Mr Hg137 around sculpture parks.

Barbara Hepworth sculpture in Battersea Park

Single Form – Barbara Hepworth

The statue stands by one of the lakes in Battersea Park, which we visited in October in the later stages of our walk down the River Thames. It’s a Barbara Hepworth sculpture called ‘Single Form’ and it now has a Grade II* listing. Read about it at http://www.batterseapark.org/art/sculpture/hepworth/

It was created by her as a tribute to one of her friends, Dag Hammarskjold, who was Secretary General of the United Nations and who died in an air crash. This one is the original, but a rather larger version stands outside the United Nations building in New York and is described here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single_Form

How interesting to come across something we have seen on our travels, and which has now appeared in a completely different, newsworthy context.


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