We'd wanted to visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park for ages and last Tuesday we finally got there. We'd booked a hotel not too far away but closer to the places we visited the next day (see my last post) so on Tuesday morning we set off driving through Leek, Buxton and Glossop, stopping at Holmfirth for a coffee break and then driving what seemed like a short distance to the park.
The first sculptures we saw were the outdoor exhibits belonging to a wonderful exhibition called 'Fabric-Ation' by the British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE. I was entranced by these and also the interior exhibits. I was impressed by their colours and textures, their literary and historic references, in fact by their sheer exuberance.
The most vivid and inspiring work for me was the film 'Un Ballo in Maschere (A Masked Ball)'. The film depicts, in dance, the assassination of King Gustav III of Sweden. The King was targeted because of his support for the return of the monarchy in France during the years of the revolution and also for the fact that he tried to style his own court on that of a pre-revolution French one. The King was shot in the back and died thirteen days later.
Whilst I was watching the film I was reminded of 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses' by Pierre Choderos de Laclos. I've found a clip of the Masked Ball on You Tube (above)
After the film it was time to go out into the bright sunshine and look at the outdoor sculptures. We must have spent about three hours just wandering around, sometimes following the map and sometimes following our own noses. We stopped for a picnic lunch halfway round. I'm sure we missed lots of things but then that is a good excuse to return one day. Below are some of the photos I took. I took loads but a lot were affected by the very bright sunshine so these are some of the better ones.
Little Girl - Lynn Chadwick
Rocking Horse - Marcia Farquhar
Octopus - Marialuisa Tadei
Giro - Eduardo Paolozzi
Manus and the Running Dogs - Sophie Ryder
Seated Figures - Magdalena Abakanowicz
Sitting - Sophie Ryder
Everything is Connected - Peter Liversidge
One and Other - Antony Gormley
Promenade - Anthony Caro
Deer Shelter Skyspace - James Turrell (interior)
Ha Ha Bridge - Brian Fell
Personnage - Joan Miro
Draped Seated Woman - Henry Moore
Propagator - Alec Finlay
Across the other side of the lake and over the Cascade bridge was a 'no dogs' area. The reason for this was the grazing Highland Cattle. We wondered if we would see the cattle as we walked to the Dam Head Bridge - we did and I have to say I've never been so close to un-fettered Highland cattle before.
As well as the sculptures the park itself has many interesting buildings, plants and views as far as the eye can see. It is the most wonderful space.
All too soon it seemed that it was time to leave and drive towards Halifax to find our hotel.