This is a tiny but brilliant jewel of a museum.
I knew of Barbara Hepworth and had seen a bit of her work, but nothing could have prepared me for the shear beauty of the garden. The building is her studio and home in St Ives and her spirit is felt more and more intently as you move through the exhibition. As you come into the building there is a section devoted to information on Barbara and her life and work through photos, newspapers, magazines and journals. Then upstairs is a gallery area showing some delightful small works, but the main space is the garden. It is a tiny area with many works but they are all positioned so perfectly it doesn't feel at all cramped. The juxtaposition of the planting and sculptures work so well it stirs the emotions leaving you breathless with awe and wonder.
We were particularly lucky with the weather and were able to spend a long time in the garden indulging in it's charm.
An experience not to be missed.
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