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A visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park,Wakefield..

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Last week,we decided to have a day out,to see the Poppies Wave Exhibition,which has been brought from London,to this local Beauty spot,and is on display till November,when it will move to the North East..It was a lovely warm day,and I didn’t want to miss such an opportunity,to see a once in a lifetime Exhibition..

It’s a long blog,so make yourself comfy :o)

The park itself,which covers an area of over 500 Acres,is also home to some of Henry Moore’s Bronze Sculptures,who was a local lad from nearby Castleford.There is also a temporary Gallery Exhibition of work by Barbara Hepworth,who was born in Wakefield…There is also a recently built Art Gallery, in her home town,as well as the Tate in St Ives,in her memory..
We didn’t get time to look at hers,as it is such a vast area,and we walked for about 3 hours all told..so we meandered towards the Poppies,as first priority..
Hope you enjoy the scenic route…firstly passing some of Henry Moore’s work…not to everyone’s taste,but you can admire his skill and dedication to his passion..


Moving on towards the lower lake,and passing some more Art work,this time by David Nash


At last,we finally arrived at Cascade Bridge,to the upper Lake,where the sight of the Poppies took you breath away..The way they are draped over the Bridge,looked like a waterfall of red..sadly,the sunlight shining on them,was just in the wrong place to get a true ‘red ’ Photo’s..not easy at the best of times..but better than no photo’s at all :o)

Colour co ordinated..but should have worn a T shirt..

Time to walk back ..uphill !

Someone has a warped sense of humour..or cruelty,when you are halfway between the Lake and the ‘Facilites’,back at the Cafe and shop !

Loved these old trees..It’s nice they were left to grace the landscape :o)


..and the Acer wasn’t to be outdone,with it’s lovely red foliage..

So,back to the Gallery/Cafe and shop..where we enjoyed a nice browse at all the tasteful gifts,etc,and a most welcome coffee..plus Shortbread :o)

there are so many activities for everyone,and lots of school children visit the various work shops..


I hope you have enjoyed a tour round…if you are ever in the area,give yourselves lots of time..Car parking all day,is only £8 per car.or a shorter stay is available..if you want to run round ! lol..

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Hi, Sandra! I can see why you didn't want to pass up this wonderful place. The views are breathtaking and that toilet sculpture is a riot. Wow! the power of suggestion, excuse me, I gotta go!

7 Oct, 2015

 

I do like sculptures but not that keen on Henry Moore unfortunately!! each to their own, you have been very lucky with the weather haven't you? after three hours of walking I might have taken advantage of the toilet tree lol
Loved the wave of poppies, and your matching outfit!! thanks for another interesting blog Sandra, saves me from moving too far.....

7 Oct, 2015

 

Thank you Paul..we only live a 30 minutes drive away,so tend to take it for granted,but so glad we went to see the Ceramic poppies,in memory of all the brave men and women,of the First World War. such a fitting tribute..and those toilet trees were a bit of light relief,if you get my meaning Lol..maybe that was the unspoken message it was meant to convey...:o)

7 Oct, 2015

 

I tend to agree,as we like what we like..whoever the Artist is..it doesn't really matter..I'm glad you enjoyed the blog and photo's,Angela..and the Lady in red should have made a better choice,with it being so warm..If I could still climb trees,I would have been up one of those cheeky ones :o) x

7 Oct, 2015

 

I'm glad they included a couple sinks up there too - to remind everybody what to use AFTER the toilet - that's very fitting! :)

7 Oct, 2015

 

Did you notice the bath too? lol..there was even a shower fitment on one display tree..if only I'd taken a towel :o)

7 Oct, 2015

 

I would love to visit this wonderful place and this blog was a way of getting a taste of how lovely it is there.

I don't quite understand Henry Moore but can admire his sculptures without really liking them! The poppies look truly beautiful and have been perfectly placed haven't they?

I also like the natural beauty of the place, so hard to match nature's designs isn't it?

7 Oct, 2015

 

Thanks Chris,glad you enjoyed it..You weren't too far away,when you came to the Wedding..if only you had more time.
I don't understand a lot of things in the art world either,so it is just a matter of taste,isn't it? and when a critic drools over something new..are they doing it because they like it,or because they want to be in with the right people? I can be very cynical at times..:o)

There is something of interest at every twist and turn,especially nearer to the Visitor centre..it really is a family orientated place..and yes,nature wins hands down every time :o)

7 Oct, 2015

 

I always carry a spare towel...and toothbrush!

7 Oct, 2015

 

wow...would love to go one day..but your pics were lovely to looks at Sandra

7 Oct, 2015

 

I don't go that far,Paul..pack of wet wipes is enough for me..My handbag has enough in it already.. :o) We use public transport a lot,so it wouldn't be practical..but we keep an old towel in the car boot..

8 Oct, 2015

 

You might get there one day,Rose..and all the other places on your wish list,once Rick feels well enough,and thank you :o) x

8 Oct, 2015

 

A great journey in art, thank you. I was expecting to also see one or two creations of Noseypotter. At my old alma mater Princeton University there are a few Henry Moore sculptures in the quads. Use to love to walk around and around his sculptures constantly changing perspectives and receiving constantly changing impressions.

8 Oct, 2015

 

Very interesting Bloomer. Something different from an ordinary.....

8 Oct, 2015

 

Pleased you enjoyed it,Loosestrife.thank you.I agree,.it would be nice to see some of Noseypotters creations..I would love to say to people." I know him " :o).
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Thank you Klahanie..it makes a change,doesn't it? I would have been sad to miss the Poppies Wave,,while they were in our local area..

8 Oct, 2015

 

Hmm, not sure I understand the Henry Moore sculptures but I do like the Poppy Wave and the natural surroundings! Isn't the 'bathroom tree' bizarre? Well done for walking round for 3 hours, thank goodness the weather was warm and sunny!

9 Oct, 2015

 

How lovely Bloomer......a slightly different kind of day out!

9 Oct, 2015

 

loved it great place to visit, its on my wishlist I will get there one day.

9 Oct, 2015

 

Neither do I,Shirley..but I thought Megan would like the 'bathroom tree'as a scratching post,seeing as you got rid of hers :o) We stopped qute a few times on that long walk ! Lol

9 Oct, 2015

 

Cheers Paul..very different,I agree,but a nice change :o) and I think you would enjoy it,Barbara..move it up your list a notch :o)

9 Oct, 2015

 

Ha ha Sandra, she uses the top of the fence these days, little devil!

9 Oct, 2015

 

There's always an alternative :o)

9 Oct, 2015

 

Really super blog Bloomer, so pleased you had a nice day for your visit - sunshine always helps, what a great place to visit, the Poppy wave was lovely such a touching memorial and so nice that is moving around the country.
Lol at the "convenience" trees, Henry More has a different view of the human form to most of us but a talent none the less! thank you so much for sharing your day out, I bet the coffee and shortcake was most welcome after your 3 hour walk :o)

9 Oct, 2015

 

Thank you Neellan,glad you enjoyed our visit..It's good that everyone has their own thoughts on the Sculptures..The coffee and shortbread was like manna from Heaven,after that walk! Lol..xxx

10 Oct, 2015

 

:) xx

10 Oct, 2015

 

Sorry Sandra can't understand why I nearly missed this blog. I have to be honest I zapped passed Henry's stuff, he's not my cup of tea, but the poppies are beautiful. I had no idea they were at Wakefield. Poor Richard is suffering with his knees at present but if they improve we'll have to take a trip to see them. Thanks for bringing them to my attention. Super photos by the way😊

11 Oct, 2015

 

Sorry to hear Richard's knees are bad,Julia..there is a free shuttle bus every 15 minutes,from the YSP centre,down to the Boathouse by the Lake,where there is also a coffee shop..from there it's not too far on a flat walk to the Cascade bridge where the Poppies wave is..maybe this would be ok for him? Thanks for liking the blog,and photo's,it really is worth a visit..:o)

18 Oct, 2015

 

We've got Freya for the day on the Wednesday of half-term. If the weather is fit it would be somewhere good to take her, to burn off some of that energy!

22 Oct, 2015

 

Good idea,Julia..I should think there will be some activities for children,in half term week in the main area ,at the top,and we also saw things for children to do,in a room at the Boathouse..drawing,painting,etc..where the shuttle bus picks you up,or drops you off..maybe you could check out their website?

23 Oct, 2015

 

Good idea :)

23 Oct, 2015

 

:o) Russ said it's been on the local Radio tonight,,that it will be there till January,but I thought it was moving to the North East by then,so I could have got it wrong..Anyway,it might not be looking at it's best by then..!

23 Oct, 2015

 

It still might be best to go while the weather is fit, plus there won't be another chance to take Freya.

24 Oct, 2015

 

Very true..we are more limited when the children are at school now...I hope you have a nice fine day if you go this coming week..

24 Oct, 2015

 

Thank you ☺

24 Oct, 2015

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