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This sculpture is unusual because Hepworth made very few single upright forms in the 1960s, especially unpierced. Stylistically, there are links with her 'Torso' carvings of the 1920s, particularly a black marble 'Torso' from 1927 which is in a private collection. The artist believed that sculpture was 'something you experience through your senses, but it's also a life-giving, purposeful force.' As with 'Two Figures (Menhirs)', also in this display, the work appears to have a sacred and mysterious significance that is further enhanced by its title.

August 2004