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Sculpture in forecourt of Department of Music, Cardiff University

A Grade II Listed Building in Cathays, Cardiff

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Latitude: 51.4892 / 51°29'21"N

Longitude: -3.1834 / 3°11'0"W

OS Eastings: 317935

OS Northings: 177355

OS Grid: ST179773

Mapcode National: GBR KHJ.54

Mapcode Global: VH6F6.RTYS

Plus Code: 9C3RFRQ8+MM

Entry Name: Sculpture in forecourt of Department of Music, Cardiff University

Listing Date: 22 October 2001

Last Amended: 22 October 2001

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 25834

Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces

Location: On the W side of the entrance to the Department of Music.

County: Cardiff

Town: Cardiff

Community: Cathays

Community: Cathays

Built-Up Area: Cardiff

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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Installed 1968 and by Barbara Hepworth, renowned British sculptor. It stands within the forecourt of the Department of Music, which was built in 1970 by Alex Gordon & Partners, architects of Cardiff.


An abstract bronze sculpture on a brick plinth. The composition is a grouping of three trapezoidal wings (c 3m high and c 0.25m thick) fanned across a wide brick plinth. Each wing is pierced by an oculus of height and diameter varied in relation to its neighbours.. This sculpture belongs within Hepworth''s artistic credo that her work should "infuse the formal perfection of geometry with the vital grace of nature".

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a rare public work in Wales by one of the foremost C20 British sculptors, and for its contribution with Aberdare Hall and colonnade to Queen Anne Square to the architectural character of the Corbett Road townscape.

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