Wednesday, 10 October 2018

A day at Yorkshire Sculpture Park




Some people get art and some people do not, and that's fine , but the open-air gallery in West Bretton near Wakefield in West Yorkshire is one of the finest settings to see art from people around the world.

Showing work by British and international artists, including Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. The park's collection of works by Moore is one of the largest open-air displays of his bronzes in Europe

There is something here for everyone, from the vast open spaces and large skies to the woodland walks filled with fungi and a large lake .

Plenty of wildlife to see from birds to insects. Because the day was so warm  thousands and I mean thousands of Harlequin Ladybirds were flying, we watched a group of  Cormorants and Grebes fishing together , something I have not seen before. Watching Hornets too but not for long as they are rather big and a little scary!


Different displays are added over the year and some sculptures stay  rooted firmly in the landscape.

The first display by Giuseppe Penone: A Tree in the Wood (coming up first) was interesting and well worth reading his reasoning behind his work to get a better understanding.

My favourite piece of work was by  Chiharu Shiota: Beyond Time, displayed in the  beautiful 18th-century Chapel. My photos do not do it justice as it was beautiful.

I also was taken aback by some of the trees in the park, very large. Well worth a trip to enjoy these.

Believe me when I say coming up is only a fraction of the photos I took today, 
we were there almost five hours and  did not get to see everything. 



Giuseppe Penone: A Tree in the Wood







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Barbara Hepworth














Hornet's nest was in the top part of the trunk. 






Shell house



























St Bartholomew’s Chapel was built in 1744 to serve the Bretton estate.

The Grade II listed Chapel is built of sandstone in the Palladian style, designed by Sir William Wentworth, whose family owned the estate between 1407 and 1982.

The chapel is now an intimate exhibition and performance space within the grounds of Yorkshire Sculpture Park, established on the Bretton estate in 1977.

Chiharu Shiota: Beyond Time




‘With this installation she succeeds in connecting us to the spirit of the place, those who have occupied and may yet dwell in it; beyond time’
Veronica Simpson, Studio International
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Embracing all who enter within an extraordinary experience, Shiota’s project references the Chapel’s rich history and years of human presence, dating back to 1744, making poignant allusion to the bells that were rung, the songs that were sung, and the lives that revolved around it, from cradle to grave.






Sean Scully: Inside Outside






Lapwings catching the sun as they glide across the water.






LINK   

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

19 comments:

  1. What an amazing place. So many sculptures - thanks so much for all the photos and information. A lovely series of images of the wildlife you saw, the sculptures and the landscape.

    Beyond Time is stunning and very beautiful and I can see why it was your favourite.

    Saw quite a lot of Harlequins when we were out walking today. Thankfully though dozens rather than 1000's!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing what must have been a superb day out :)

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    1. Thanks RR so much for the lovely comment, think you would like it here.

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  2. Hello, interesting exhibit and I love all the sculptures. Beautiful park, birds and photos. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

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    1. Thank you Eileen for the lovely comment.

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  3. Loved this post and your mix of photo's - and it has made me want to visit (haven't been for ages).

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    1. So nice to hear from you Jennifer, yes you must re-visit if you get the chance.

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  4. Unfortunately my husband is one of those who doesn't get art.......i've only been here once but I loved it (and to be fair he enjoyed the place if not the art!), the grounds are amazing. They're lovely photos, I think we need to pay another visit!

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    1. Thanks Pam, think my OH is not as keen as me. Have a look at what's coming up I think you would like the art work of Norman Ackroyd coming in November. But still go for the wildlife.

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  5. To be truthful Amanda some of the sculptures leave me cold, of course, that is down to personal taste.
    BUT I love the bisected pine. Totally fascinating.
    There are some beautiful images however of natures artwork and that works for me every time.

    Fascinating post, thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Cheryl, that's what fascinates me about art; how we all feel different about a piece of work. I have probably not shown work I was not to keen on. How they come up with some of the prices for the piece too : Well that's another whole debate. Glad you liked the visit.

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  6. Forgot to say I love the huge hare.....brilliant.

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    1. Yes very much liked this too, a bit to big to fit in my garden though!

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  7. Great photos. I love the YSP, we were up there in August and saw the two exhibitions you have featured. I loved the one in the chapel so beautiful and uplifting:)

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    1. Thanks Rosie so pleased you have been, the chapel exhibition took my breath away so amazing to see.

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  8. What a fabulous place! The Fir tree displays are so powerful! And the Shiota Project is stunning; the story behind it is fascinating!

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    1. Thank you so much Beth, so pleased you liked seeing the displays.

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  9. This looks both an amazing and interesting place.
    The sculptures are wonderful, many thanks for sharing your photographs and information.

    All the best Jan

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  10. Beautiful pictures Amanda.
    I know when I was there in September I paid a fairly fleeting afternoon visit and spent most of my time at the exhibition inside the entrance building and then just went for a quick walk round the lake. I can't believe how different your pictures are to what I saw.
    Having seen your blog I will definitely have to have another visit soon.
    John

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    1. Thanks so much John for the lovely comment, hope you get to visit again as it such a lovely place to spend some time. I would imagine every visit...there would be something new to discover.

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