Oxford Street – “Winged Figure”

I have walked past Barbara Hepworth’s “Winged Figure” on numerous occasions previously and have neglected to take a photo of it – not this time!

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I suspect that the majority of shoppers do not even realise that this wonderful sculpture is there. It was made in 1963 and is one of Hepworth’s best-known works. In 1961 following the earlier rebuilding of the bomb-damaged department store, seven artists were approached to design a piece for this site. All were originally rejected but Hepworth proposed another design which remains on site to this day.

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“Winged Figure” is made from sheet aluminium and rods and stands 5.8 m tall. It was renovated in 2013 on its’ 50th anniversary.

Barbara Hepworth’s work exemplifies ‘modernism’. She was a leading figure in the colony of artists who resided in St Ives during WWII.

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