One of St Ives most influential artists is Barbara Hepworth whose work is featured around the world. She is probably best known for creating geometric shaped sculptures in bronze, that typically have a hole in them – something she became famous for.
You can see many of her sculptures for yourself at the Barbara Hepworth Museum and gardens which is situated on the site she used as a home between 1949 and 1975. Unfortunately, she died in a devastating fire in the house, but her home was restored to its former glory – and subsequently opened to the public.
The gardens are lovely and peaceful and include many examples of her sculptures, a tiny little cabin with a bed in it and are complemented by the subtropical plants that grow here. You will find some amazing plant specimens, which makes it a special visitor experience – even in the rain.
Highly recommended for a visit to see how Barbara Hepworth put St Ives on the map.