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10 January 2014

See Hepworth's Winged Figure 1963

The British Modernist sculptor Barbara Hepworth would have been 111 years old today, and a fine example of her work can be found on the side of John Lewis on the corner of Holles Street and Oxford Street. Winged Figure 1963 was commissioned by the store in 1961, apparently to celebrate common interest and ownership.

The sculpture was unveiled to the public in 1963, and has been seen by millions of people each year since then, although many might wander past in a bubble of consumerism that makes them unaware they are in the presence of great art.

For more, see http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/news/john-lewis-oxford-street-and-the-hepworth-wakefield-celebrate-50-years-of-winged-figure/

^Picture © Justin Barrie Kelly used under a Creative Commons license^

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