Iconic art gets new home on the waterfront

5th May 2011'The Family of Man sculptures have been moved from the city centre to the Hepworth garden.'Pictured: Frances Guy, Head of Collections'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
5th May 2011'The Family of Man sculptures have been moved from the city centre to the Hepworth garden.'Pictured: Frances Guy, Head of Collections'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE

A TREASURED city centre sculpture has found a waterfront home in the grounds of the new Hepworth gallery.

Questions have been raised over the whereabouts of Barbara Hepworth’s Family of Man since the famous bronzes were removed from Castrop Rauxel Square at the end of last month.

Today they were reunited with Hepworth’s other work at the city’s new gallery which bears her name. It will be clearly visible to those approaching The Hepworth Wakefield entrance from a new footbridge crossing the River Calder.

The three figures that make up Family of Man - Young Girl, Parent I and Parent II, represent Hepworth’s early life in Wakefield.

Frances Guy, head of collections and exhibitions at The Hepworth, said: “We are delighted we have the chance to re-home these wonderful bronzes, originally gifted to Wakefield by the Hepworth Estate.

“It is fitting that this new gallery, which celebrates the life and work of Hepworth, will now be home to some of her most famous works, and I am sure it will inspire visitors to see the full set of bronzes on display at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.”

Sophie Bowness, of the Hepworth Estate, said: “The Hepworth Estate is delighted that the figures are being re-sited on the waterfront beside the new gallery. They belong to one of the most important bronze groups of Hepworth’s final years.”

Lisa Dodd, Wakefield Council’s director of sport and culture, said: “We are very pleased that The Family of Man has been reunited with Barbara Hepworth’s other sculpture. This is yet another milestone in the development of The Hepworth Wakefield, which will bring pleasure to thousands of visitors from inside and outside the region, and from abroad.”

The Hepworth will open on Saturday, May 21. Launch weekend activities can be found at www.hepworth wakefield.org