Saturday, 27 August 2011

More sculpture from Yorkshire

We start this visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park where we left of the last time with Jaime Plensu. Only this time his outside sculptures. These seven figures (there’s one obscured from view) hugging the trees are all embossed with the names of various composers all over them.

These figures are obviously coming from the same place as the tree huggers – they’re in the same posture. These ones are made from various cut out metal letters (not just English letters) which have been welded together.

There are several of these figures around the park.

 Elizabeth Frink’s sitting man II. It’s painted face and the painted faces on the next pieces are from her interest in aboriginal art.

These three figures were inspired by Greek warrior statues discovered in Riace in 1972.

David Nash’s Three Stones for Three Trees

Could this be No 4?? What’s he doing up there?

Sophie Rider’s Sitting.

Bev examines Andy Goldsworthy – his work that is.


I don’t know anything about these things in the field. Well I do know that the big things in the background are trees and the things on legs in the foreground are sheep.

I was beginning to get a bit numb to Henry Moore. It seems that every council in the country has a set or two of his reclining figures and I’ve just seen to many of them of late. But here in Yorkshire they have a whole field of Moores, many which were quite new to me. It was good to have the man refreshed a bit, so I’ll leave you with a few of these.

This sheep seems to like sculpture.


Crafty Green Poet said...

What Wonderful sculptures, must be a lovely place to wander and browse.

Shundo said...

I think the Henry Moores look much nicer in a field than outside a council office. In fact all the sculptures do. That man Goldsworthy sure knows how to lay a nice stone wall - though I think he mostly has helpers these days. We have a new piece of his here in San Francisco which I haven't got to see yet.

Zia Wolf-Sun said...

You do find some amazing places to visit! Those sculptures are captivating :)

The Glebe Blog said...

Brilliant post Sandy.
Considering I lived close by for quite a number of years,I never got to visit.The next generation have made up for that now with several visits.

I'm intrigued by the objects in the sheep and trees picture.

Light-In-A-Box said...

It's amazing the artistic side of people! It is hard to imagine the incredible amount of time & energy invested into these sculptures! I see even the sheep are curious..

Poppy said...

Hi, I have awarded your blogspot a Sunshine Award, please pop over to my space to collect it :) x

Sandy's witterings said...

Thank you all for your comments.

Our Dumfriesshire lad plying his trade in San Francisco Shundo. Definately worth a wee enquiry and here he is

Thank you for the award Poppy :)

Elliot MacLeod-Michael said...

I always wondered what those big green leafy things and those four-legged white wooly things were called.

shoreacres said...

Oh, I wish I could visit. The sculptures and the setting are just splendid - but you've done so very well in capturing them, it's almost as good as being there.

Really, this is a wonderful post. And I agree - the Henry Moores look quite different and to my taste better in the field!

Janet at New Moon Glass said...

I love the idea of sculptures in a field along side the naturally occurring things in nature!

Becky said...

On my 'other' blog I credited you and provided a link for inspiring me to post sculpture I saw this last summer. Thank you, Sandy. I particularly liked seeing the Andy Goldsworthy. My favorite of all time of his is in the entry way to the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA. Many folks don't realize it is a sculpture.

Sandy's witterings said...

Welcome Elliot - I have a handy friend, well versed in the names of things (it means I can keep my head in the empty state that it has become accustomed)

Thank you Janet and Shoreacres - you're both right about the field thing - HM's stuff suits a field quite nicely.

Thanks for the mention Becky - worth a look folks, at

Light-In-A-Box said...

Hello Sandy, I too was going to pass along the sunshine award your way but I see some people have already beat me to it!
Congrats & your awesome blog & photography deserve it!

shoreacres said...

Here's an amazing tidbit - my friend from Yorkshire responded to my enthusiasm for the park by saying, "Well, of course. And they do weddings, too. My brother was married there!"

Small world and all that....

L.D. said...

Good Lord these are absolutely fantastic..thanks! Not long ago I visited Andy Goldsworthy's "Spire" in San Francisco.