YGD visit YSP (Yorkshire Sculpture Park)

We decided to dust off the camera over the bank holiday weekend and take a trip over to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park at Wakefield, something that had been on the to do list for quite some time. After a continual downpour on Sunday we were not holding much hope for the rest of of the bank holiday, but by lunchtime on Monday the clouds parted, the sun came out and we were heading down the M1 praying the weather would hold.

On arrival at YSP we were astounded to find that admission is FREE, result. The first exhibit we came across were 20 red and yellow cylinders in large pasture. Artist Helen Escobedo had spread the cylinders randomly throughout the pasture to create a scene of hay bales drying in the summer sun. From here we took a long walk around the grounds of the sculpture park and viewed the rest of the works on display.

[hr]Among the works on show were:-


  • Jonathan Borofsky – Molecule Man 1+1+1

  • Barbara Hepworth –
    The Family of Man

  • Anthony Caro –

  • Magdalena Abakanowicz –
    Seated Figures



  • Antony Gormley –
    One and Other

  • Winter/Hörbelt –
    Basket #7

  • David Nash –
    Seventy One Steps



  • Andy Goldsworthy –
    Hanging Trees

  • Henry Moore –
    Open Air Bronze Collection

  • James Turrell –
    Deer Shelter Skyspace



We did however find some of the pieces underwhelming, namely the Seventy One Steps by David Nash, which no matter how you dress it was just seventy one steps, and Untitled by Serge Spitzer, a piece of work so devoid of creativity that he could not be bothered to name it.

The most impressive structure on display was the Emley Moor TV transmitter away in the distance. Standing at over 330m it literally overshadowed most of the works.

We had a great day out and I can thoroughly recommend the Yorkshire Sculpture Park for a walk with a difference.

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