Whilst holidaying near Harrogate last week we spent the day at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield in South Yorkshire. It was a brilliant day out enjoyed by all the family and it justifiably deserves the 2014 Museum of the Year award that it collected recently. Needless to say it is a photographers paradise and I took a fair number of photographs…
The 500 acre park is in the grounds of Bretton Hall only 1 mile from junction 38 of the M1. The park includes a visitor centre and ‘underground’ gallery plus other gardens and buildings dotted around the grounds. Most of the outside sculptures are between the YSP centre and the two lakes in the bottom of the valley with a few on the south valley side. The whole park is a lovely place to walk and chill out in and really is worth a visit.
I have uploaded a selection of the photos I took to Google photos here plus I have included a few of my favourites below to give you a flavour. Enjoy.
This first photo is of the supports to the piece by Roger Hiorns called ‘Siezure’. Basically a council flat scheduled for demolition was filled with copper sulphate solution and then drained after crystals had grown on all the internal surfaces. The work was due to be demolished after it was done but was saved and moved to the park where it will live for the next 10 years. I liked the box itself and the building it was housed in (precast concrete – I am a civil engineer after all).
No photos were allowed inside the flat but it was quite amazing with 4 inches thick of big blue crystals covering every surface. See some images on the YSP website here.