The other day I was browsing through some of my favourite blogs and came across these photographs of naturally sculpted beach posts by Heather of Niftyknits. Heather captured these weathered posts beautifully whilst sitting on an empty beach in Rye enjoying a picnic.
I almost want to be there in the photographs to examine the ‘sculptures’ up close – I find a lot of things like this inspiring; things that many people wouldn’t stop to look twice at. The beach looks lovely too, I could spend hours sorting and collecting some of those pebbles!
One of the first things that came into my mind when I saw Heather’s photographs was Barbara Hepworth’s sculptures.
During a holiday in Cornwall in 2007, I payed a visit to Barbara Hepworth’s sculpture garden at the Tate in St.Ives. This was a huge treat for me, and I loved every minute of it. Her sculptures are so powerful and impressive. I love the fact that she was inspired by the sea, and the rolling motion of the waves.
It was such a tragic shame that Barbara Hepworth died in her studio during a fire (1975), but I think it’s nice that her studio and garden have been made into a museum to remember her by.
Thinking about this holiday led me to dig out a scrapbook of photos I took during the visit, and I’m feeling all inspired again now!
~ Inspiring quote ~
“If a pebble or an egg can be enjoyed for the sake of its shape only, it is one step towards a true appreciation of sculpture. A tree trunk, with its changing axis, swellings and varied sections, fully understood, takes us a step further. Then finally it is realised that abstract form, the relation of masses and planes, is that which gives sculptural life; this, then, admits that a piece of sculpture can be purely abstract or non-representational.”
- Barbara Hepworth. An extract from her statement in the series ‘Contemporary English Sculptors’, 1930.