£500,000 Hepworth sculpture returns to original Chesterfield home

By Culture24 Staff | 28 April 2009
A picture of a large curved stone sculpture

Rosewall (above) has returned to Chesterfield. Picture © Chesterfield Borough Council

A £500,000 sculpture by revered 20th century sculptor Dame Barbara Hepworth has returned to its original home in Chesterfield.

The 2.5-ton Rosewall, which was made by Hepworth in 1962, has been installed on a newly-designed plinth in the centre of the Derbyshire town after a trio of financial backers struck a deal with owners Royal Mail.

A picture of a woman standing behind a curved stone sculpture

Sophie Bowness, granddaughter of Dame Barbara Hepworth, unveils the new arrival. Picture © Chesterfield Borough Council

Councillor Ray Russell, Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council, said the authority was "extremely grateful" to major benefactors The Art Fund, Chesterfield Waterside Partnership and the Per Cent for Art scheme.

"The Council has worked hard to bring this significant piece of art back to the town where it so rightly belongs," he declared. "We look forward to it once again being enjoyed by residents, tourists and art lovers."

A picture of workmen lowering a stone sculpture onto a public plinth with a crane

The sculpture will stay on the specially-designed plinth until 2011. Picture © Chesterfield Borough Council

The structure marked the relocation of the Post Office Accountant Generals Department to the town when Royal Mail purchased it in 1963, hand-carved in white Nebrasina stone and measuring more than two metres long.

It was inspired by Hepworth's view from a hilltop of the same name in Cornwall, and will remain on Future Walk until it is permanently moved to the landmark Chesterfield Waterside canal corridor development in 2011.

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