Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Desperate for a run around and some fresh air we headed off to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park yesterday, (well I had a bit of an ulterior motive, I wanted to see "Endangered Species" by the scottish artist Donna Wilson that was currently showing in the gallery!).

We hadn't been to the YSP before but were really impressed by the sculptures and the beautiful grounds. We started off having a look inside at the galleries, first work of Donna Wilson.

We spent a good while looking at this knitted landscape with knitted trees, creatures and rugs, so much to look at, so many different textures.

This was our favourite little fellow, isn't he cute

And him too...

We loved all the creatures.

I loved this one too.

Next we headed on to the cafe, where they served what we call "real food",  freshly made salads, soups and the like, even the chips were proper ones made from real potatoes.  I had a lovely feta and spinach tart and a fennel salad which was really good washed down with mint tea. 
Following lunch we headed downstairs, all of us were really intrigued by the work of spanish artist Jaume Plensa. Especially this 50 metre wall of poetry made of stainless steel letters which you were encouraged to stroke for the tinkling sound.

 The sculptures looked stunning against the blue sky.

Sui Jiango (Legacy Mantle) symbolizing Mao's legacy

Ten Seated Figures by Magdalena Abakanowicz
I was particularly drawn to this plump bottom on the rabbit!

As it was such a lovely day and so warm my two were running around in t-shirts I insisted on a good walk around the lake to burn off a bit of steam and so that we could walk across the stepping stone bridge.  Halfway round (but too far to go back), complaints of tiredness started, but the promise of an ice-cream at the end kept their legs going and we made it back up the hill to the carpark (much to my relief as they are too big to carry now!).

Donna Wilson's work is on display until 26th February, and a lovely bonus to a brilliant day out at the YSP.


  1. We love YSP and your post has inspired us to revisit. Did you like the shop? I do like to have a good browse.

  2. Looks like a really inspiring day! We've never been to York, but it is on the top of our list :) I'm new to your blog - I just LOVE the adorable background. Happy New Year! XOLaura

  3. What an amazing exhibition. Love all those knitted creatures.
    A really happy family day out.
    Lisa x

  4. We have only done a few of the Broadway dabces and they are less enrgetic than Just Dance, The dancers you have to follow are animated rather than proper people. I would say Just Dance is much better but it's good as a cheaper alternative.
    Lisa x
    p.s the glitter deer was from our local £1 shop!

  5. Just found your blog and I'm glad I did as I love it!! Reading some earlier posts I see you like both Julie Arkel's work and Jessies shop in London, so do I, and I visited Jessies shop back in November and bought some realy lovely pieces of her work. I keep threatening to go to Hope and Elvis aswell if only it was a little bit nearer, Lucey x

  6. Great sense of colors and size on the knitting sculptures!! Love the blue pattern photo, with the foxy knitted guy. Amazing !!

    Thanks for sharing such unique work.