Yorkshire Sculpture Park

On Wednesday 5 of us had a day out to Yorkshire Sculpture Park where we were lucky enough to enjoy a fine Autumn day.  The main reason for our visit was to see the Wave of Poppies installation, which is now on tour around the country following the wonderfully successful display at the Tower of London in November last year.

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As the photos show, only a few of the poppies from the Tower were on display and it was felt that there was some loss of visual impact as a result, however there was a small accompanying display nearby which explained the original intent, which was most moving.

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As well as the permanent displays we also saw two special exhibitions featuring the works of sculpture Anthony Caro and video artist Bill Viola,  Within our group opinion on these two special exhibitions was fairly polarised, but that is all to the good as it sparks debate.

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In the Garden Gallery we visited the display ‘Art For All’ by artists Bob and Roberta Smith which  shows the artist’s provocative advocacy for the role of art in lives and education

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In the Underground Gallery, we saw the exhibition by American video and installation artist, Bill Viola

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Outside and In the Longside Gallery we saw lots of sculptures by  Sir Anthony Caro

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Even though we walked our socks off we still did not manage to get around the whole park and a return visit is in order very soon.  There is now a shuttle bus service to the fairly new Barbara Hepworth Gallery in nearby Wakefield, so a follow on visit could include both venues.

Everyone agreed it was a lovely day out – definitely to be repeated 🙂

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