Helaine Blumenfeld OBE: Ascent
2010 | bronze | Jubilee Park (exterior) | Art Map reference: D17
Ascent is Helaine’s most autobiographical work. In its union of two figures, we see a theme that she has often gone back to: by balancing intimacy with independence, we can create a unit of two people which has strength as well as tenderness. In the past, Helaine has explored this theme by tension, by forms which are breaking apart. Here, though, the emphasis is on harmony and support. Seen from one side, the female figure soars, but her ascent would not be possible without the strength of the figure that anchors her to the ground.