Old Owl

Old Owl

Posted on 06/07/2018


Photo taken on June  7, 2018


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All in The North

Brutal

Brutal 

The Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield

fifi, Beatrice Degan(MARS), photosofghosts, Helena Ferreira and 13 other people have particularly liked this photo


12 comments - The latest ones
Pam J
Pam J
So ugly and soulless !
5 months ago.
Old Owl has replied to Pam J
It may appear like that, Pam, but inside it has three wonderful gallery spaces: one for Henry Moore, one for Barbara Hepworth (two of the 20th century's greatest artists, both from the Wakefield area) and one space for travelling exhibitions by modern working artists. It may look soulless from the outside but (like all of us, I guess) it has a heart and soul inside its unprepossessing exterior. ;-) (And I actually like its brutalist ugliness!)
5 months ago. Edited 5 months ago.
Steve Bucknell
Steve Bucknell
I agree with all you say about it’s light-filled interior spaces, but on a sunny day the light concrete geometrical exterior seems almost ethereal, set near water and weir .Mind you, your photograph does make it look very threatening!
5 months ago. Edited 5 months ago.
Old Owl
Old Owl
You're right to upbraid me, Steve, it is far nicer than it appears here. I love the contrast between it and the older wharf side buildings which border the gallery or are over the river by the new footbridge. I spent a happy few hours both in the Hepworth and looking at the river, the weir, the wharf buildings and the streets which were so much part of my childhood, lo these many years ago.
5 months ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Superb geometric architectural shot!

Admired in:
www.ipernity.com/group/tolerance
5 months ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
It reminds me of the National Gallery in Canberra (probably a similar vintage). A well taken image and the cross-processing style suits.
5 months ago.
Old Owl has replied to tiabunna
The Hepworth was built in 2011, George; much later than the National in Canberra, I believe. Thanks for your visit and comment.
5 months ago.
Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda
Une galerie magnifiquement rendue...!
5 months ago.
Amazingstoker
Amazingstoker
They don't make 'em like that any more, shame about all the flags though, somewhat takes the edge off it, I rather like brutalism
5 months ago. Edited 5 months ago.
Diane Putnam
Diane Putnam
Brutal, yes, but oddly attractive! Funny, my first reaction, too, was "ugh, all those flags!"
Super shot. Love this new album!
5 months ago.
Beatrice Degan(MARS)
Beatrice Degan(MARS)
Such a deeply attractive 'brutalism' I must say!!
Such a great and sigificant capture!
I'd love to visit the real heart of this gallery!!!!
As to the flags...flags are known to have increasingly become an integral part, although perhaps unnecessary for museums and art galleries.but , here, basically, here they don't disturb at all the most valuable effect of the whole.
all the best!
5 months ago. Edited 5 months ago.
Old Owl has replied to Beatrice Degan(MARS)
Thank you, Beatrice. I must say that I love this building, both inside and out. This was my first visit, although each time I have visited family in the area I promised myself I would see it. It was worth the wait.

Regarding the flags: I suspect they are part of a sponsorship deal with the gallery. I think Smart is a car and this probably is important for the finances of the Hepworth. It is free to enter and yet the cost of maintaining the building and exhibits must be enormous. I'll put up with the flags if they mean the Hepworth stays open.
5 months ago.