Harlow, Essex: Harlow Art Trust today announced that Bright Eyes, a sculpture by leading female artist Eva Rothschild, is now on view at Glebelands, Harlow until March 2022. The 10-foot-tall sculpture was safely installed yesterday by specialist art technicians. Visitor’s can find the sculpture using Harlow’s Sculpture Town’s digital map.
This work has been presented on the site of Barbara Hepworth’s Contrapuntal Forms, which is currently on loan to The Hepworth Wakefield as part of the exhibition ‘Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life’, the most expansive exhibition of the artist’s work in more than 45 years. Barbara Hepworth is considered one of the most important artists of the 20th century. The piece not only was her first public commission but also the first sculpture in Harlow’s collection.
The swap brings innovative contemporary sculpture to the public realm as Hepworth’s work did 70 years ago, reinforcing the power of sculpture to create a positive impact in our everyday lives.
Rothschild is internationally renowned for her large-scale public commissions. Her notable works include Tate Britain’s Duveen Gallery Commission for 2010, the Whitechapel Gallery’s Children’s Commission 2012, and most recently the playful and interactive My World and Your World at London’s Kings Cross. Her show ‘Hot Touch’ was the inaugural exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield when it opened in 2011.
While in Harlow, Bright Eyes is presented as a visitor attraction for local schools, community groups, residents and tourists alike. Harlow Art Trust is also planning an event to celebrate the historic loan project later in the year.
Eleanor Clayton, curator at The Hepworth Wakefield shared, “We are delighted to collaborate with Harlow on this exciting sculptural exchange. Barbara Hepworth’s art has an enduring influence on Eva Rothschild’s work and, as Rothschild was the first ever exhibition to be held at The Hepworth Wakefield, we felt a sculpture by her was the perfect choice to temporarily replace Hepworth’s Contrapuntal Forms. We very much hope the people of Harlow enjoy experiencing Rothschild’s Bright Eyes as much as visitors to The Hepworth Wakefield are enjoying seeing Contrapuntal Forms, Hepworth’s first major public commission, in the city of her birth.”
“The loan brings with it the opportunity to experience a new piece of art in a setting that has otherwise changed little over the past 70 years. We hope residents and visitors alike will enjoy Bright Eyes and be encouraged to seek out more of Harlow Sculpture Town’s unique and growing collection,” says Artistic Director Kate Harding.