Monday, April 21, 2008

Square with Two Circles

This is not just another water fountain photo - the water fountains just provide a backdrop for this modern sculpure piece that can be found in the gardens of the Nasher Sculpture Center. This work of at was created in 1963 by British artist Barbara Hepworth.
Here's the museum's elaboration on the piece:
When Patsy and Raymond Nasher purchased this work in 1968, it was one of their earliest acquisitions in the realm of modern sculpture. Influenced by the timeless power of Neolithic stone monuments, Hepworth adopted the form of an upright slab. The distinctive hollowed out circles, a device the artist had used in her work as early as the 1930s, open up the solid mass and allow a continuous flow of space through and around the monolith. With the round apertures framing the surrounding landscape and the richly varied green patina of the bronze, the overall effect of the sculpture is one of natural forms and forces.

3 comments:

Professor said...

This is a pretty place and the sculpture and fountain look great together!

Elizabeth said...

omg like soooo cool!~

Louis la Vache said...

"Louis" felt right at home with this photo, what with his tendency to be the square peg not fitting into the round hole....

BTW, "Louis" has a sister in Arlington.