Glebelands sculpture given renewed protected status to mark Festival of Britain

Entertainment / Fri 6th Aug 2021 at 10:22am

Dear Editor 

IT was truly gratifying to read today that the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture “Contrapuntal Forms”, which usually can be seen outside of the flats in The Glebelands but which is currently on loan to Wakefield as the centre piece in a celebratory exhibition of Hepworth’s work, has been granted Grade 11 re-listing status by Historic England.  
As an article in The Guardian stated:- 

“The Hepworth relisting celebrates the joy of putting great public art in accessible spaces. The 10ft high sculpture was one of many artworks commissioned for the festival by the Arts Council and stood outside the “Dome of Discovery” on the South Bank. 

After the festival, anything that could be easily detached and shifted was offered to local authorities. Harlow was first to put its hand up and the sculpture takes pride of place on a housing estate. “That’s the extra glory of it,” said Harwood. “It just sits outside a block of flats, very happily … it is appreciated and has become part of the community.”

Well done to the Harlow Arts Trust for all they do in promoting Harlow as a Sculpture Town and to the previous Council administration for the financial and other “in kind” support they offered to the Trust. Here’s hoping that support continues and that the promotion of the Arts in Harlow continues to grow. We have much to be proud of.

Cllr Tony Edwards

Shadow Portfolio Holder Community Resilience

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