Day 5: The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden
In searingly bright sunshine the enclosed sub-tropical garden of Barbara Hepworth’s Trewyn Studio feels more like the Mediterranean than Cornwall. With such strong light the shadows seem deep and dark and the reflections on the shiny metal are heightened to a sharp, dazzling white. My gaze is continuously drawn through openings and gaps that frame the view beyond. Sculpture frames sculpture, sculptural plants frame hard, metal sculpture and branches frame glimpses of the sea and sky beyond the perimeter of the garden walls.
I take lots of photos but after that I just sit on a stone bench in the middle of the garden and take it all in. This was a working space and by placing her sculpture outside in the garden Barbara Hepworth would have been able to see them change in all lights and weathers – it must have been a great source of inspiration.