A damp, grey English day sounds just perfect for a visit to a 500 acre country park, don’t you think? At least I didn’t need to fight off the crowds at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. And the sheep seemed perfectly content. What’s a little rain between friends?
It’s a place I’d wanted to visit for many a year, so I wasn’t going to be easily deterred. I’d even taken note of the website, which suggested that sturdy shoes might be helpful. The fact that I then left them in the boot of the car… well, some people never learn.
So, we’ve met the sheep. If you pick up a map at the YSP Centre, you can then work your way around the sculptures. A small ornamental garden sits below the main building and then the ground rolls away down to the lake. The wisteria was just coming into bloom.
The shapes are interesting, though not necessarily to everyone’s taste. Sticking to any kind of order was beyond me. A glimpse of something through the veil of trees and I’d be off at a tangent. There are marked paths, however, so you don’t need to stray, unless you want to. The mossy pond gave me my first vision of rhododendron loveliness.
The first renowned piece of work was Molecule Man 1+1+1, by Jonathan Borofski. Impressed, I examined it from many angles.
I don’t pretend to understand, but some things just draw the eye. Barbara Hepworth’s Family of Man I found less appealing but, huddled there beneath the trees, I felt a certain sympathy. The textures were beautiful.
Next in line (groan!) Magdalena Abakanowicz’s Seated Figures, but I didn’t get the photos to do them justice. My eye was wandering off to a small stone and glass structure, sunk in gloom upon the lawn. The door, temptingly ajar.
The Camelia House, and its bedraggled beauties. White Rabbit or Mad March Hare? I wasn’t sure, but I kept a wary eye on him. And the horse!
And then there are the KAWS. I don’t know that I entirely ‘get it’, but they are the reason for my presence in the park today. An exhibition dedicated to them is set to end on 12th June, and my son is a fan. Reading about them it seems that Brian Donnelly, a Brooklyn-based artist known as KAWS, focuses on ‘nostalgic characters in the process of growing up’. There’s certainly pathos in his Disneyesque creations.
At this point the mizzle was getting a little heavier and there was a fair chance of getting seriously wet. While the others made for one of the exhibition spaces, I couldn’t abandon my pursuit of nature so easily. I was determined to reach the lake.
At Cascade Bridge I had choices to make. The trail around Upper Lake appeared to offer more shelter from the weather, leading down into the woods. Persistence found its reward when, deep in the woods, I came upon this dazzling display.
Aren’t they beautiful? Despite the weather, or maybe because of it, I delighted in their radiance. It was starting to get a little slippery underfoot and it was time to retrace my steps. I had already decided that I would be back, to witness the park in all it’s Autumn finery.
We never did get to see the KAWS exhibition, much to my son’s disgust. The Longside Gallery, where it was held, was on the far side of the park. Had I paid closer attention I would have observed the small pink shuttle bus making it’s round trip to the gallery, every 30 minutes. Instead we contented ourselves with a quick look at the work of graphic artist Eduardo Paolozzi, and a cappuchino in the restaurant. The deck beautifully overlooks the surrounding countryside.
Living in Leeds, our son is much closer to YSP than we are, and he intends to return this weekend. IF he sends me any photos, I’ll share them on my Facebook page. Meantime, you can read all about it and find details of how to get there on the YSP website. Coffee time now, isn’t it?
I have a wonderful selection of walks to share again this week. Please make time to visit. You really won’t be sorry. Many thanks to all of you for sharing and for walking with me. Details of how to join in are on my Jo’s Monday walk page. A click on the logo above will take you there.
Drake was quick off the mark this week with a very beautiful share :
Then along came Anabel, almost on my home turf! Such a lovely place. You’ll like it :
Meg took me gently strolling through the streets of Warsaw, and down Memory Lane, in more ways than one :
I love introducing one blogging friend to another! Susan, in California, meet Ann in the Ukraine :
Jaspa shared life on an extremely grand scale, down in Buenos Aires :
Something a bit more challenging now, in a country I would love to visit. Please go and say ‘hi’ :
I also love reflections, shop window or otherwise :
Jude is the perfect companion for a garden stroll. This one is delightful :
I’m reserving judgement on Denzil’s amusing walk, but I did visit Ostende, briefly, many years ago :
Carol is taking us to the heights, in more ways than one, in Hawaii :
If only the bench were free, I could sit with Gilly all day enjoying this one. After our stroll, of course :
That’s it for this week. Although I’m showing you clouds, I’m happy to report that a tiny bit of sunshine has made it to north east England. I hope to get out and enjoy it. Take care and I’ll see you soon!