Glebeland sculpture takes pride of place

Communities / Wed 9th Apr 2014 at 09:54am

A COBBLEDglebe area where a famous sculpture sits has been given a major facelift thanks to Harlow Council and Kier Harlow.

The 400m2 public area in Glebelands, where the Barbara Hepworth Contrapuntal Forms sculpture is located, has been completely transformed in to a new landscaped area.

The project, which was part funded by Harlow Council and carried out by Kier Harlow, involved:

Taking up broken and dangerous cobbles and creating a new green space for residents to enjoy.

Installing a knee rail wooden fence around the whole area to protect it from vehicle access, with a pedestrian access way created by a gap in the fencing onto the green area. Additional knee rail has been installed to provide protection to the sculpture whilst still allowing enjoyment of the green area.

Re-laying a section of paving as it had been damaged by vehicles driving on the pavement which made the area dangerous for pedestrians.

A Council spokesperson said: “This is a fantastic transformation that makes a huge difference to this area and really helps to enhance and protect this famous sculpture which once again sits proudly. Harlow’s sculptures are part of everyday life in Harlow and working with the Art Trust we are always looking to do what we can to ensure they continue to be part of the local community.”

A spokesperson for Harlow Art Trust said: “Harlow Art Trust is delighted with Harlow Council and Kier Harlow’s sensitive restoration of the landscaped area surrounding Contrapuntal Forms, one of Dame Barbara Hepworth’s most notable sculptures and one of the most outstanding art works in the town.

“Originally commissioned by the Arts Council for the Festival of Britain in 1951, this monumental carving in blue limestone was recently cleaned by SculpCons Ltd, an internationally renowned London firm of sculpture conservation specialists. This conservation project was initiated by Harlow Art Trust and made possible by a grant from the Trust with match funding from the Hepworth Estate.

“The commitment of Harlow Council to improving and upgrading this part of Glebelands is a wonderful example of the public and charitable sectors working together and proof of the seriousness with which the Council takes the designation ‘Sculpture Town’.”

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