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Sea Shapes

By Philip_H
Located in Queen's Gardens, Kingston upon Hull.

Queen's Gardens in the centre of Hull were first laid out in the 1930s and later remodelled in the 1950s to designs by the English architect-planner and landscape designer Frederick Gibberd (knighted 1967). The gardens were originally created from an infilled Georgian dock (Queen's Dock - opened in 1778 and closed in 1930). From their inception, the gardens have been characterised by clean simple lines, forms and spaces. This design ethos is complemented by good English modernist sculpture around the gardens, such as ‘The Gateway to Hull’ concrete mural by Robert Adams (one of the few examples of the artist's work in Britain) overlooking the east end pond. The mural was part of a 1950s commission that also included six carved Portland stone abstract panels, called ‘Sea Shapes’ (five of which survive; the whereabouts of the sixth is not known), by Kenneth Carter, then a lecturer at Hull College of Art.

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Tags: Sculpture Specialist and abstract Hull Kingston upon hull Public art Portland Stone Queens gardens Sea Shapes Kenneth Carter English modernist sculpture abstract panels

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mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.5k 2066 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2019 6:20PM
Clever. The horizontal triptych makes the eye explore the structure, how the parts fit together into a whole.

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Maiwand 12 3 73 England
12 Apr 2019 6:47PM
Never seen or heard of these before Phil. An excellent and original image.
Herge88 Plus
12 40 5 England
12 Apr 2019 8:35PM
A good mono conversion, the grain suits the subject matter well.

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taggart Plus
15 47 13 United States
12 Apr 2019 9:10PM
I like the shapes and the mono toning-- ???


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