Visit to Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Although Yorkshire Sculpture Park is quite near, this was my first visit.
Firstly we visited the Underground Gallery to see an exhibition by pioneering American video and installation artist, Bill Viola. We were advised to let our eyes become accustomed to the dark, but we had to make our way in total blackness to the screens showing people experiencing a variety of deluges. It was a strange sensation engulfed in the darkness and I bumped into walls and endured the antics of my husband who managed to see his way.
The extensive grounds are home to work by Henry Moore, Antony Gormley, Barbara Hepworth and Andy Goldsworthy plus the smurf-like figures by KAWS but the weather was so cold and many parts of the garden were cordoned off to protect the lawns, we couldn’t stop for long.
DrivesideNiki de Saint Phalle was born in France in 1930 and grew up in the USA. After an early career as a fashion model, she studied theatre and acting in Paris before giving this up to become an artist
Diana Beaumont (1765–1831) played an important part in the development of the landscape of the park. She was the illegitimate eldest daughter of Sir Thomas Wentworth Bt. (1726-1792) of Bretton Hall,
This was by far my favourite of the whole visit with its large round-arched windows, Tuscan columns and scrolled iron brackets
Yorkshire Sculpture Park is certainly worth a visit on a warmer day when you can stroll comfortably in this 1500 acre outdoor gallery and maybe take a picnic.
Perhaps I am more a gardener than an appreciator of Art!