Rock Form (Porthcurno) (1964)

by Barbara Hepworth (1903 - 1975)

Photo Caption: Photo Alec Rogers © 2014 for the Association for Public Art
  • Title

    Rock Form (Porthcurno)

  • Artist

    Barbara Hepworth (1903 - 1975)

  • Year

    1964; installed 1979; relocated 2012; (Cast #1/6)

  • Location

    Benjamin Franklin Parkway and 17th Street

  • Medium

    Bronze, on granite base

  • Dimensions

    Height 8’5″, width 2'6", depth 1'9" (base height 3’5″, width 3'2")

  • Themes

    Women and Public Art

Commissioned by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority

Gift of David N. Pincus to the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art)

Owned by the Association for Public Art

At A Glance

  • Dame Barbara Hepworth was one of the 20th century’s most eminent sculptors

  • Based on rock forms around Porthcurno, a village near Hepworth’s studio in England

  • Hepworth created abstract works influenced by natural shapes

One of the 20th century’s most eminent sculptors, Dame Barbara Hepworth created abstract works influenced by natural shapes. This bronze is based on rock forms around Porthcurno, a village near her studio in Cornwall, England. Several other casts are located at sites around the world, including the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, Scotland, and the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, CA.

Hepworth was a friend of Henry Moore, whose sculpture Three Way Piece Number 1: Points is placed nearby. Rock Form (Porthcurno) was donated to the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art) in 2011 by arts patron David N. Pincus, and installed in 2012.

Barbara Hepworth's "Rock Form" sculpture along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Photo Alec Rogers © 2014 for the Association for Public Art

 

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This artwork is part of the Along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway tour

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