The Hepworth Wakefield museum in England has named the London-based artist Cerith Wyn Evans as the winner of its 2018 Hepworth Prize for Sculpture. Given biennially to a British sculptor, the award comes with £30,000, or about $38,900.
Wyn Evans is being recognized for an installation crafted out of 37 glass flutes. A machine pumps air through them, causing the work to appear to breathe. In a statement, Wyn Evans said that the piece is meant to have a dialogue with the museum’s architecture and show how “vicissitudes of light and time are intrinsic to the appreciation of sculpture and plastic form.”
This is the second time the Hepworth Prize for Sculpture has been awarded. In 2016, Helen Marten, who would go on to win the Turner Prize that same year, was named the prize’s first winner.
Wyn Evans’s piece is currently on view at the Hepworth Wakefield, along with works by the prize’s finalists: Michael Dean, Mona Hatoum, Phillip Lai, and Magali Reus.
The jury for this year’s prize included Sarah Brown, principal keeper of Leeds Art Gallery; Michael Clark, director of the Camden Arts Centre; Margot Heller, director of South London Gallery; and Helen Legg, director of Tate Liverpool.