Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore both produced work inspired by the above. These objects and sculptures inspired by these types of forms, are very tactile and unfortunately most art galleries do not let you touch the works of art.
I wanted to create a sculpture which still had connections to its organic form, but which people could interpret differently and which they could touch and explore.
This is why it was important that it was carved to look as though it is standing on a plinth, almost like a piece of gallery sculpture, but without the boundaries and constraints. During the summer I visited Barbara Hepworth's studio in St Ives, which is now a museum. Many of her sculptures are outside, positioned in a wonderful garden, and their interaction with the foliage is spectacular.
I planned that the viewer could experience the hollow from both sides of the street and from the road. In a car you may get a glimpse of light as you drive past. From the far side pavement a shape of light and a brief view would unfold as you walk past, and from the pavement directly next to the sculpture a view which would normally not be experienced would be exposed, which you could then explore, walk towards, touch and look right into and through!
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