Wednesday, 23 July 2008

A day out...

We (my Mum, dad and I) went for a good old fashioned day out today, and for once the British weather decided to be obliging, certainly not wall to wall sunshine and blue skies, but sunny enough to make me regret forgetting the sun cream, my back and shoulders feel a little warm!
We went to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and it was fabulous, some of the sculpture was not my thing, but some of it was amazing. I was particularly taken with some by an artist called Sophie Ryder. she uses a figure of a hare alot in all her sculptures. But she also does wire "drawings" which are amazing, I only have photos of one of these as the others were indoors so I couldn't take photos. I really recomend you take a look at her website.
Sophie Ryder
For me one of the best things about her work was the sense of fun, when she made the original sculpture to be cast in bronze she embedded scrap objects in it, and they just made me smile!
It's a troll!
Sophie Ryder
How many household objects can you spot in this hand?

Sophie Ryder

Sophie Ryder close up
Recognise him?
More Sophie Ryder
more Sophie Ryder
The biggest Beech tree I have ever seen
The trees were also very beautiful, this was the biggest Beech tree any of us have ever seen.
Watching eye
This was the wire drawing I was talking about, so unbelievably clever.

The park also has sculptures by many other artists including Henry Moore.

We wished we'd managed to see the Andy Goldsworthy exhibition as I love his work. There are still a few permanent pieces there, but none of the more natural pieces that I love so much.
The cafe is fabulous, and it's free to get in you just pay car parking of £4. We spent all day there and still didn't managed to see everything. If you want a day out then I really recommend it.


  1. How lovely is that? Definitely on my list for my next ... uh, first ... trip to England!

    thanks for visiting over at my place!

    happy ICLW!

  2. Here from ICLW. What a cool place!

  3. Wow! I admit, it does freak me out a bit, but they are certainly beautiful. How cool that there are all those other objects (trolls, Harry Potter, cheese grater) in them.


  4. What wonderful sculptures! I also love the sense of play in her hares. I bet they were fantastic in real life. It can hard to get a sense of proportion through photos. Also, I found that most art has an energy which does not always translate through photos.

    Someday I would love to visit. Someday I want to travel to England again.

  5. Wow, what an awesome awesome place you have there. Now I know why they say you Brits are more "cultured" if that is what you call a "park." Sculptures and hidden Harry Potters? How quirky and wonderful is that? The eye sculpture was stunning.

    (visit from ICLW)

  6. Here from ICLW...

    Thanks for the amazing virtual tour of the sculpture garden! All of the sculpture gardens I've ever seen have been densely packed. This seems like a wonderful combination of art and nature. If I ever make it to the Yorkshire area, I will look forward to seeing it for myself.

  7. England really gives good garden (and the sculptures aren't bad either).

    Spot on with the guess work!
    Tee x

  8. Here from incredible! What a great place...thanks for posting pictures.


  9. oh wow! so neat!! I wish we had something liek that here!!

    here from ICLW

  10. Here from ICLW.

    Those are such cool sculptures!! Truly. And that eye is amazing. That artist is very talented!!

  11. Oh my gosh, those are some beautiful sculptures! Thanks so much for sharing these wonderful pieces of art with us. Thank you for your kind comments on my blog as well, here returning some of the ICLW love :)

  12. Oh that looks wonderful, we're heading up that way soon, will have to go and see it.

  13. Your blog is beautiful, and I love the pics, espeically the one of the little boy in the rock...gorgeous. And no, I don't know who it is!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog xx

  14. very interesting place!!!

    maybe someday, i will visit your side of the world!