Rosewall to have a permanent home at Waterside
After being bought from the Royal Mail’s possession by Chesterfield Waterside Partnership, the Dame Barbara Hepworth statue, named Rosewall is set to make an appearance in the brand new Chesterfield Waterside development upon its completion.
Following a £500,000 purchase made by Chesterfield Waterside, along with contributions from Chesterfield Borough Council and the Art Fund charity, the sculpture has now been returned to the town and will be the centre piece at the new Chesterfield Waterside development.
Commissioned in 1960 by the Royal Mail to mark the move of the Post Office Accountant General’s department to the Chesterfield branch of the Royal Mail, the sculpture is now thought to be worth at least £600,000 being one of only four stone sculptures made before Dame Barbara’s death in 1975.
The 40-year old statue caused outcry in 2005 when the post office put it up for auction. It was set to be moved to America, but was saved from the relocation by the Chesterfield Waterside Partnership in conjunction with the Art Fund charity.
Looking forward to the relocation, Director of Bolsterstone, the company behind the development, Peter Swallow said: “It’s great for the town that this statue has been allowed to stay here. It’s equally as substantial that it will find a brand new home at Chesterfield Waterside.
“It will make an important centre piece for all the visitors to experience the artwork that belongs to Chesterfield. The fact that the sculpture is now Grade II listed makes the move so much more special. I think this will encourage people to visit it more.” continued Peter Swallow
Going into its planning stages, once built, Chesterfield Waterside is set to receive thousands of visitors each year to experience the environment that will be created in the development. The statue will be placed as the main piece in the centre of Basin Square, the place of the former Trebor Factory.