MY FAVOURITE VIEW

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De­signer Kelly Hop­pen loves Henry Moore’s sculp­ture, The Arch, in Kens­ing­ton Gar­dens

I first came across Henry Moore’s sculp­ture The Arch dur­ing a morn­ing run in Lon­don’s Kens­ing­ton Gar­dens,

and I’ve found my­self drawn to it ever since – it’s be­come a firm fix­ture on my route. The Ro­man traver­tine arch is six me­tres high and is an in­cred­i­ble piece of sculp­tural art in the most gor­geous set­ting.

It’s so fan­tas­ti­cally po­si­tioned – from one side you can see right through it across the Ser­pen­tine to Kens­ing­ton Palace in the dis­tance. From the other side, you’re look­ing at a won­der­ful ex­panse of green­ery, with just a hint of the city peep­ing through the top of the trees. This re­ally is a lit­tle por­tion of the coun­try­side in the heart of cen­tral Lon­don and it is just so serene and idyl­lic.

Run­ning is a fan­tas­tic way for me to clear my head, so I’ll of­ten be in Kens­ing­ton Gar­dens by my­self, and al­ways early in the morn­ing as I find that it’s the per­fect start to my day. Be­ing some­where with an in­spir­ing view is such a good mo­ti­va­tor for the day ahead. The Arch was taken away for a lengthy restora­tion, and was only re­turned to the gar­dens a few years ago. As much as I en­joy it when I’m alone, I also adore walk­ing here with my fam­ily, so be­ing able to ad­mire the sculp­ture and sur­round­ing views with my daugh­ter, Tash, my grand­son, Rudy, and my part­ner, John, is just as lovely.

The won­der­ful thing about be­ing out in Kens­ing­ton Gar­dens is that it can look in­cred­i­ble in any weather, crisp in spring with the newly

bud­ding flow­ers, or in au­tumn with gor­geous rus­set leaves all around. But I much pre­fer the view there when there’s a clear sky and the sun is shin­ing. For me, this sculp­ture is so enig­matic, and the way it plays with light is in­cred­i­ble. It looks quite dif­fer­ent ev­ery time I see it, de­pend­ing on the weather or po­si­tion of the sun. In mid­sum­mer, the arch re­ally just comes alive in the sun be­cause of the unique shad­ows it creates... although that is de­pen­dent on the British weather, of course!

There is noth­ing quite like the coun­try­side and

wood­lands, it’s so ver­dant and peace­ful. What I love about Bri­tain is that you can drive half an hour out­side of a busy city and find your­self sur­rounded by the most gor­geous wood­lands and nat­u­ral park­lands. I’m par­tic­u­larly in­spired by my sur­round­ings, and few things have quite as much of an ef­fect on me as be­ing out­doors. My daugh­ter, son-in-law and grand­son live out­side of Lon­don, and we have a house in the coun­try­side, so I’m for­tu­nate to spend my (lim­ited!) spare time mak­ing the most of the out­doors.

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