Yorkshire Sculpture Park

View from the Terrace at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park
View from the Terrace at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Today’s journey included a brief visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. This was a somewhat nostalgic visit, as many years ago I drove through it every day of my teacher training course when we were being taught (as opposed to being on placement in a school) at Bretton Hall, the mansion at the centre of the park. It was such a privilege to drive past the big outdoor sculptures though the beautiful landscaped hills and gardens. I particularly remember large standing figures (‘Molecule Man’ by Jonathan Borofsky, I believe).

Today there was really just time for a sandwich lunch on the cafe terrace, looking out across the park (complete with sheep grazing) and then a visit to the current exhibition of paper-cuts by Rob Ryan entitled ‘Listen to the world’. I’ve enjoyed this artist’s work, by dint of being a recipient of some really delightful cards designed by him (for example on Valentine’s Day). The words included in the paper-cuts are as telling as the images and they often suggest loving, romantic and imaginative ideas. I really enjoy seeing the inclusion of words in art (craft?) and it’s something I enjoy doing too, by adding letters and words to embroideries and quilts that I make.

The designs on view today varied in size from about 25cm in width to a piece described as being ‘the largest paper-cut in the world’. There were also some screen-printed pieces based on the artist’s paper-cuts. All engaging and intriguing. See them if you can.

Cut-out by Robert Ryan on a glass door at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Cut-out by Robert Ryan on a glass door at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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