Barbara Hepworth: Google Doodle honors influential English artist and sculptor

Barbara Hepworth: Google Doodle honors influential English artist and sculptor

Barbara Hepworth chiseling away at a piece

 

Barbara Hepworth, the influential sculptor who was the subject of a new doodle at Google, is being honored today not because of her date of birth or any other famous event, but on August 25, 1939, Hepworth arrived in St Ives.

In search of a safe haven from war, it was here that Barbara Hepworth found his partner, Ben Nicholson, a community of artists who managed to create despite the havoc the conflict left them. Together they founded the Penwith Arts Society along with 19 other creators who lived in the coastal town.

Most importantly, Barbara Hepworth is known for her impressive innovations in sculpture. She contributed to the development of a technique called “direct sculpture” where the artist instinctively approaches the treatment of raw materials, rather than acting with a prepared form.

In July, Google’s website paid tribute to Pakitaabad, a Filipino artist and activist who broke gender barriers. She also used her logo to remind people to wear masks during the pandemic.

For over 10 years, Google has periodically replaced the logo on its search page with new images and graphics, called “doodles” to celebrate special events and birthdays on Google.com.

“With the doodles, we aim to celebrate a diverse mix of themes that reflect Google’s personality, teach people something new, and most importantly, make sense to the local culture,” the search giant said in a statement.

It wasn’t that Hepworth had no formal training; The exact opposite. The artist was educated at the Leeds School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London and was able to extract his vast knowledge with enough precision to surrender to abstraction.

Hepworth’s largest and most monumental work was a prime example of his style. Entitled Single Form, the colossal bronze statue of the artist was made with his late friend Dag Hammarskjöld in mind.

Hammarskjöld was the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, which is why a model was built in May 1964 in front of the United Nations building in replacement York. The statue, which stands 21 feet tall, is reminiscent of the monolithic and mystical rocks that make up Stonehenge. However, Hepworth made a hole in the top of the figure so that he appeared to be looking at the world; An observer stands guard.

 

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