Barbara Hepworth: Squares with Two Circles

Squares with Two Circles is a large bronze work by Barbara Hepworth. The sculpture stands on the Hillside at YSP near to Hepworth's The Family of Man. The two circular apertures provide 'windows' to the landscape beyond.

Hepworth was keen for her work to be experienced in the open air. She wrote that her work should be ‘allowed to breathe’ outdoors. Hepworth described how she "kept on thinking of large works in a landscape: this has always been a dream in my mind".

Square with Two Circles changes appearance depending on the time of day and year. Sometimes it frames the landscape around it, and at other times it reflects the sunlight and seems almost golden.