The Hepworth Wakefield
Since its opening in 2011 we have walked across the footbridge to The Hepworth Wakefield many times and every time the colour of the concrete seems slightly different from the previous visit. Some people think that we're crazy for being so passionate about a seemingly limited colour palette but there's so much depth and variation in grey.
Designed by David Chipperfield Architects the imposing structure has a strong presence whilst simultaneously appears to float on top of the River Calder. Interestingly, the museum harnesses much of the rivers power in the heating/cooling system for inside the gallery.
On the inside, the building is full of natural light which is delivered by large windows - so big in fact that you can stand in front of one and be completely consumed by the view outside. We appreciate that the architecture not only presents artwork on the inside but invites us to look beyond and consider life beyond the gallery in a similar way. We are really aware that we leave The Hepworth Wakefield looking at the lines of the surrounding buildings and pay more attention to things that we might have walked by before. Anywhere that does that to our brains is a special place.
The reason for our visit on this occasion was to see the Anthony McCall : Solid Light Works exhibition but we wanted to make sure that the gallery itself had a home on our blog because we want to champion it; it's a great place to visit whatever-the-weather, family friendly and completely FREE.
Barbara Hepworth was born in Wakefield in 1903 and made some serious waves in the world of art and sculpture. We love the use of simple lines and shapes to communicate her work and imply figurative form so that we have to go the rest of the way to read what she's writing. It also goes without saying that we appreciate the neutral colour palette - and she certainly knew how to make a garden too.
Visit The Hepworth Wakefield's website for opening times and visitor information.