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Monolith (Empyrean) Sculpture in Grounds of Kenwood

A Grade II Listed Building in Highgate, London

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Latitude: 51.571 / 51°34'15"N

Longitude: -0.1698 / 0°10'11"W

OS Eastings: 526939

OS Northings: 187381

OS Grid: TQ269873

Mapcode National: GBR CZ.PVY

Mapcode Global: VHGQL.0SM1

Plus Code: 9C3XHRCJ+C3

Entry Name: Monolith (Empyrean) Sculpture in Grounds of Kenwood

Listing Date: 15 April 1998

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1378710

English Heritage Legacy ID: 478044

ID on this website: 101378710

Location: Hampstead Heath, Camden, London, NW3

County: London

District: Camden

Electoral Ward/Division: Highgate

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Camden

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Tagged with: Sculpture

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798-1/3/1897 (South side)
15/04/98 Monolith (Empyrean) sculpture in
grounds of Kenwood


Vertical abstract sculpture. 1953 by Barbara Hepworth for the
London County Council, originally situated on the South Bank
and moved to Kenwood in 1963. Carved limestone, nearly nine
feet high. A vertical pierced slab. In the early 1950s
Hepworth reached maturity as a sculptor, and this is a good
and early example of her interest in standing stones set in
the landscape. It has also been suggested that it commemorates
the death of Hepworth's son, Paul Skeaping, killed flying for
the RAF in Malaya in 1953. It relates well to its setting at

Listing NGR: TQ2693987381

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