William Pye started his career as a sculptor working mainly in stainless steel and cast bronze, and since the nineteen eighties water has become an integral element of most of his work.
He is inspired by the extraordinary qualities of water and fascinated by the natural laws of hydrostatics and how these can be manipulated. His work is found in public places, private gardens and corporate clients internationally.
This is version of Coracle has a straight weir rather than the curved weirs of the original Coracle.
I found this piece to be particularly calming, not least because of the sound of running water, but the clean lines of the piece and the reflections of the cathedral windows in the water all amalgamated into a piece I wanted to sit with for some time.
Barbara Hepworth was a British sculptor, who was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire in 1903. She was a leading figure in the international art scene throughout a career spanning five decades.
Hollow Form with Inner Form
Cast in an edition of six, the bronze Hollow Form with Inner Form results from the conjunction of two carvings. The internal element was cast from the teak Single Form, 1963-8 (BH 471, McCrory Corporation, New York, repr. Bowness 1971, pl.198), and the encircling larger element from Hollow Form, 1963-8 (BH 330, destroyed Aug. 1971, repr. ibid., p.35). Given their separation in Alan Bowness’s catalogue of Hepworth’s work, it seems likely that the expansive dating originates from Hollow Form, which has a very particular history. Dicon Nance has recalled that it originated from a log of elm with dry rot in its middle which he was asked to clean out until only solid wood remained (interview with the author, 12 Oct. 1996). Such was the extent of the infestation that only the thin outer section survived. The date 1963-8 presumably joins the time of that carving with the casting of the bronze. The determination of sculptural form by practical demands was typical of Hepworth’s carving, as seen in Nanjizal (Tate Gallery T00352) for example, but the fact that Hollow Form was destroyed unexhibited might suggest that the artist did not consider it a work of art in its own right. In contrast, Single Form, though also unexhibited, was sold and subsequently cast in bronze in an edition
Its clear to me that I have a preference for abstract, non figurative sculputural forms and I simply liked this piece.
One thought on “ ARK Sculpture Exhibition ”