Regular readers of this blog will remember me declaring a bit of a thing for Henry Moore’s grandiose outdoor sculptures in a previous post. Just back from a mini sojourn to atmospheric Cornwall, where I couldn’t resists a return visit to the Barbara Hepworth garden in St Ives. A contemporary of Moore’s (and fellow Yorkshire-person), Hepworth’s work, although generally on a more manageable scale, still manages to pack a monumental punch.

I love the way they sit so randomly, yet so well in her small, semi-tropical garden. The tension, the juxtaposition of textures and the scale of this piece stop you in your tracks as you wander the leafy paths.

The monolith has landed, in an English country garden…

Hepworth’s studio. That Bertoia chair’s got to be original…

Plinth stones, meet the plinth stones…

Puts a whole new angle on ways to work a water feature…

Next time you’re in Cornwall, check out her garden, studio and the museum that’s devoted to her life and work.

For other inspiring ideas on how to work some drama into your garden space (without needed a crane to hoist it in there), check out Livingetc‘s outdoor rooms inspiration gallery here.

Neil, deputy editor

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