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On the side of Kenwood house, is a lawn (once formal gardens) that are surrounded by the most magnificent rhododendrons. In the spring they make a most magnificent spectacle.
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It is entitled 'Empyrean' and was sculpted in 1953. It was commissioned by the London County Council, and was sculpted at a time when she was at the height of her powers.
Eric Robinson, geologist extraordinaire, writes:
The name literally means “Heavenly stone” and was sculpted by Hepworth in her characteristically abstract style in 1953.
The sculpture is made of Carboniferous Limestone probably from Derbyshire
(Hopton Wood Stone from Cromford in Derbyshire was often chosen by Barbara
Hepworth for her outdoor work). The most interesting feature of this rock,
however, is its fossil content.
Although no corals are visible in the sculpture, numerous crinoids
and brachiopods can be seen.
|This is a view from the rhododendron shrubbery back to the side of Kenwood House. The magnificent South front is to the right, the entrance to the left.|
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