Sculptures taking pride of place at new Hepworth Museum

The Family of Man sculptures have been moved from the city centre to the Hepworth garden.

The Family of Man sculptures have been moved from the city centre to the Hepworth garden.

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A Wakefield artistic landmark has a new home at the city’s spectacular art gallery.

The Family of Man, a trio of large bronzes by Barbara Hepworth, was removed from its former home at Castrop Rauxel Square last month and has now taken up its new place in The Hepworth Wakefield.

The sculptures had been in place at the square opposite Wakefield County Hall, where the artist’s father had worked as chief surveyor.

They had to be moved because of work set to start on the North Wakefield Gateway this summer.

Part of the Gateway comprises the remodelling of Bond Terrace and Coronation Gardens, to form a new County Hall Public Square.

Lisa Dodd, Wakefield Council’s director of sport and culture, said: “We are very pleased that The Family of Man has been reunited with Barbara Hepworth’s other sculpture. This is yet another milestone in the development of The Hepworth Wakefield, which will bring pleasure to thousands of visitors from inside and outside the region, and from abroad.”

Frances Guy, head of collections and exhibitions at The Hepworth Wakefield, added: “We are delighted we have the chance to re-home these wonderful bronzes. It is fitting this new gallery, which celebrates the life and work of Hepworth, will now be home to some of her most famous works.”

Sophie Bowness, of the Hepworth Estate, said: “The figures are Young Girl, Parent I and Parent II and they are suggestive of Hepworth’s early life in Wakefield.”

The Hepworth Wakefield opens on May 21, 2011. Go to www.hepworthwakefield.org for more details.

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