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  • Art at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
    Art at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
    by spidermiss
  • Countryside at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
    Countryside at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
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  • Bretton Hall, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
    Bretton Hall, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
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    by spidermiss Updated May 11, 2014

    This is incredible place whose aims are to 'challenge, inspire, inform and delight' (YSL Website (accessed 11th May 2014)) with contemporary and modern art especially sculptures in vast parkland.

    The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an open-air gallery in West Bretton, a village, between Wakefield (West Yorkshire) and Barnsley (South Yorkshire), and host works done by modern and contemporary artists all over the world including Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. The sculpture park occupies the grounds of Bretton Hall, the building now an education establishment. The park regularly changes its exhibition and hosts a number of visiting exhibition in their indoor galleries set in the vast grounds.

    I particulary enjoyed appreciating the art in natural surroundings. I especially enjoyed the exhibition by Ursula Von Rydingsvard in the park's Underground Gallery and her Mama, build me a fence sculpture physically and emotively struck me. I loved some of statues dotted in the park such as Henry Moore's Draped Seat Woman; Julian Ope's Galloping Horse (2012) which digital lines are used to represent a horse; Sophie Ryder's Lady Hare and how she linked animal imagery with humans; and Andrew Shotten's Greyworld Playground which focuses on audio sensory. After admiring Sol Le Witt's exhibition I loved how he commented on his belief of art, 'If one wishes to understand the art of our time one must go beyond appearance' (Le Witt, year unknown)

    My parents and I spent an afternoon at the park. As well as enjoying the art we did some enjoyable walking around its big lake and enjoying the nature. I'm amazed with the Yorkshire Sculpture Park you can't beat art and nature rolled into one! I highly recommend the visit whether for a family day out or part of the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle (Please see my tip (under construction).

    The park is free of charge however car parking is charged which can be up to 8.00 gbp (May 2014) for a day's parking and you have to register your car number. As well as the usual facilities there is a shuttle bus
    which transport visitors from the Visitors Centre to Longside Gallery at the other end of the park; a restaurant, cafes, and award winning shop who prides on selling goods from local and independent businesses.

    Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton Greyworld Playground Sculpture Julian Opie's Galloping Horse Cascade Bridge at Yorkshire Sculpture Park Ursula Von Rydingsvard's 'Mama, build me a fence'
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    • Hiking and Walking
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    by wandabendik Updated Jun 30, 2009

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    Yorkshire sculpture park is an international gallery for modern and contempory sculpture that challenges, inspires and delights. A visit to YSP is an exploration of art and landscape for every one.
    There are lots of different sculptures in different settings, inside at the underground gallery and outside in the country park.

    A resturant which serves an array of snacks and meals.
    A fantastic day out for all the family.

    Highly recommended.

    Free all they ask is £4.00 for car park fees.
    Closes 6.30pm summertime and 5.30pm winter time.

    Map guide. YSP MAP 1. YSP MAP2.

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