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© Bowness

Spring, 1966

Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975)

Embodying the threshold, Crossing the threshold

  • Medium:
    Paint, string and bronze
  • Dimensions:
    76.8 × 50.8 × 38.1 cm
  • Collection:
    Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London
  • Coll. No:
    AC 869

Click here to watch a short film about the sculptures by Rachel Whiteread, Mandy Havers and Barbara Hepworth in the Arts Council’s storage facility at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, presented by co-curators Tamsin Golding Yee and Alice Acland

Spring expresses Barbara Hepworth’s fascination with the duality of positive and negative space. The sculpture’s bronze shell reveals an ovoid opening, across which the artist has threaded taut white strings, diagonally positioned from the exterior rim to the interior cavity. Its form lays bare the relationship between interior and exterior in every natural form, from a skeleton contained within flesh to a seed within a fruit. The title points to cycles of nature and the promise of rebirth, a moment of transition from one state to another.