DES HUGHES: STRETCH OUT AND WAIT
NEW PUBLIC ART COMMISSION AND EXHIBITION THAT TRACES A JOURNEY OF HENRY MOORE’S DRAPED RECLINING FIGURE.
Hughes’ longstanding interest in the work of Castleford-born sculptor Henry Moore has informed his new solo exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield and the new public art commission – a pair of reclining figures that will be sited at Castleford Academy and outside The Hepworth Wakefield respectively.
For his exhibition, Stretch Out and Wait at The Hepworth Wakefield, Hughes has focus on the story of Moore’s involvement with Castleford, as a community and as a location for sculpture. Bespoke, large-scale cabinets made by Hughes will display archival material (press cuttings, photographs, posters and correspondence) relating to the 1980 exhibition and Moore’s Draped Reclining Figure, as well as a series of sculptures by the artist. This will be the first time that works from ‘hood’ and ‘head’ series will be exhibited, and the first time that a complete set of the bronze ‘flints’ will be shown together.