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Though purely geometrical as its name suggests, the form of this sculpture has some lingering associations with shells. Hepworth’s skill as a carver is exemplified by the spiral on the outside of the sculpture, which begins with a sharp edge, gradually softening as it proceeds, and finishes as a curved edge.  The sculpture was complete by April 1938, when it was exhibited in Amsterdam. It was later acquired by friends of Hepworth, and displayed outdoors for many years.

January 2015