23 Jul 2014

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

I have wanted to visit Yorkshire Sculpture park since we moved, as it combines two of my favourite things, art and the outdoors.  It is set on 500 acres of the 18th century Bretton Estate which includes many different types of habitats including woodland, parkland, farmland and lakesides.

"The revelatory nature of the Park’s setting opens up many possibilities and encourages exploration of the relationship between art and nature, stimulating engagement and adventure in the surroundings. To look out across carefully designed vistas in the parkland, to chance upon a sculpture in the landscape, to make personal discoveries whilst seeing and touching sculptures by some of the leading artists of the 20th century – there is nowhere else like Yorkshire Sculpture Park." - Source.

The weather was absolutely glorious the other day, so we decided to finally make a visit to make the most of the sunshine and to get a much needed art fix.  

Above image is Peter Liversidge, Everything is Connected.

We took the long route round through the grounds to explore the different habitats and to try and take in as much as we could.  It was so warm and quite humid at the far end of the park and quite a few stops in the shade had to be made.  We happily wandered through the fields full of butterflies and around the lake back to the main area.

The Upper Lake had one of my favourite installations, The Bee Library by Alec Finlay, which is a collection of twenty-four bee-related books made into nests for solitary bees.  You can just see one of the nests in the middle of this photo.

I have included some more of the sculptures that I particularly liked below.  I am usually drawn to art work that is inspired by the natural form, but also pieces that have elements of humour. 

Michael Zwingmann, Invasion.

Dennis Oppenheim, Alternative Landscape Components.  I loved the use of mundane household objects such as toilets and dustbins, which are assembled in a way that creates an almost tree-like structure.

Marialuisa Tadei, Night and Day.

Marialuisa Tadei, Octopus.

Marcia Farquhar, The Horse is a Noble Animal.  This wooden rocking horse is huge and I loved the markings of the wood emphasising the curves of the body.

Asha Munn, Fly Away Home.

Julian Opie, Galloping Horse.

Tim Paul, Totem Pole and Sophie Ryder, Sitting.

Elisabeth Frink, In Memoriam I.

Offspring I by William Pye is a fountain sculpture which creates a wonderfully tranquil sound from the water and abstract reflections from the curved metal.

If you want to find out more about the pieces that I saw and more about Yorkshire Sculpture Park then check out their website here.  I'd totally recommend it for a day out as there is so much to see and is fantastic to see pieces by so many prestigious artists in such a beautiful location.  We didn't manage to see everything on offer, so will definitely be returning in the near future.



  1. This seems like such a cool place! I'd love to go there someday.

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

    1. If you can, I'd definitely recommend it x

  2. Looks really interesting, I love the octopus sculpture. Also that butterfly you captured is pretty cute too.

    ~ K


    1. Thanks, yeah I think the octopus is beautiful! x

  3. Wow beautiful photos :) This place looks amazing! x

    1. Thank you so much, glad you liked the post x


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