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February 6, 2009

A Peek at Barbara Hepworth’s Garden and Sheep

Filed under: Rex — Rex @ 19:39

A must visit venue in St Ives. Barbara's garden is as she left it and as you stand on her back steps and enter the garden there is an alignment of two of her sculptures (I have a picture). I don't know why but I find that alignment very moving. You can just see one of her sheep in the garden.



  1. WordPress messed me about again and lost my post, this is my 2nd attempt.

    I forgot to repeat that this is Barbara’s studio.

    Comment by Rex — February 6, 2009 @ 19:41

  2. I don’t think I can see the sheep, but I can see a bird on a stick.

    More later…

    Comment by Colin — February 7, 2009 @ 15:42

  3. Perhaps I should offer a prize for the first to identify the sheep. As a clue there were six now there are four and you can only see one in this image.

    Comment by Rex — February 7, 2009 @ 16:51

  4. I don’t get the sheep thing but no matter. The 3 balls tie this together nicely, a sort of organised chaos, which appeals to me (as I run a piling system of organization).

    Another good use of a mirror.

    Comment by doonster — February 8, 2009 @ 09:33

  5. The sheep is pretty clear – it’s a cubist sheep!
    Two benefits to this: the ball triangle (is that exciting or what?!) and the line out into the garden. It is easier to make something of a sculptor’s studio than a poet’s (thinking back to my Dylan Thomas). Anyway this looks good with an almost too-perfect (but not) lighting and colouring. Rust seems to be setting in on some of the tools.

    We were there in July last year: the first time I saw the place. Try THIS

    It doesn’t quite stack up to yours though!

    Comment by John Ellis — February 8, 2009 @ 09:53

  6. The bird I see, the sheep are still a mystery. The mirror is used to excellent effect. For a second, I was certain that I was looking directly out the window. I could look at this color palette with texture and shape banquet for a long time without exhausting it’s delights.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — February 8, 2009 @ 16:31

  7. OK I cannot contain myself any longer!
    Barbara purchased Carrera Marble for her work and kept it on a turntable in her garden in preparation for her work. The marble was in in the form of cubes (as John knew or worked out). Barbara referred to them as her sheep. When she died there were six on the turn table. For her centenary year the Hepworth foundation gave two young sculptors a sheep each. There are now only four sheep on the turn table. During this visit and subsequently I’ve tried to find out what happened to those two sheep. I’ve failed and wonder if the guide that told the story was wrong or having us on. I cannot think of anything more daunting for a young sculptor than to be given one of Barbara’s sheep. A photographic equivalent might be “here is Ansel’s camera with an original plate, go and take a picture.” !!!!!

    Update Jan 2017. We went to the Barbara Hepworth Museum and I asked about the gift. Puzzled looks all round until a young lady curator overheard the conversation and she had a faint memory. Whilst we went round she searched the web and came up with Veronica Ryan, Artist in residence 2000 who was given the gift of a sheep. See HERE

    Comment by Rex — February 8, 2009 @ 17:07

  8. Of course, googling – Hepworth Sheep – brings up this post as first hit!

    Comment by Colin — February 8, 2009 @ 18:31

  9. ‘A photographic equivalent might be “here is Ansel’s camera with an original plate, go and take a picture.” !!!!!’

    Ah, now it all makes sense, I guess. I can’t help thinking of pinball when I see this, but my eyes keep going back to that jacket.

    Comment by matt — February 8, 2009 @ 21:36

  10. It isn’t just the mirror that is great here, but the inclusion of the garden through the window/mirror. One of the best 3D effects on a screen that I can recall seeing.

    Oh, and everything lines up perfectly.

    Comment by Colin — February 9, 2009 @ 09:24

  11. Through a lot of clutter that picture/window/mirror set up is extremely well captured and placed. It replaces a lot of the clutter with order and position and the green grasses give this a lot more colour than would have been expected.

    Comment by akikana — February 10, 2009 @ 04:42

  12. I’m a bit late to this — I’ll just agree with everyone else — beautifully done with the picture in picture in picture effect.

    Comment by Christina — February 10, 2009 @ 04:48

  13. I really like the ball triangle that brings some order to the fairly chaotic scene. Gives me a path to look around.

    Comment by Gordon — February 14, 2009 @ 11:29

  14. There is great depth shown in the receding size balls (including the one in the mirror) and the unfolding indoor/outdoors view.
    Wonderful texture in the wall as well.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — February 17, 2009 @ 08:30

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