Yorkshire Sculpture Park

 

Today we decided what better way to spend our day than to travel for eight hours touring the sights of the motorway
network of Great Britiain, no this wasn't a plan to create a BBC documentary about the excitement of the motorway 
we had much greater visions for our day. We decided to sprint half way up the country to Yorkshire to visit the YSP 
for the very first time and to catch the Mark Hearld exhibition before it comes down at the end of the week. And it was 
most definitely worth the trip, although I must admit I was sad that we couldn't explore further into the Yorkshire 
landscape as we had to get back that evening. The show was well curated with lovely vinyls of Marks illustrations popping 
their way along the corridors guiding you through the myriad of applications of his work.

 

And what a variety there was, ceramics, wooden objects, collages, book covers, paper cuts it was incredible to see such
a diverse body of work and it was truly inspiring. I just loved seeing all the textures, the different media coming together 
to create landscapes that you really just wanted to jump right into. These works are so much more when seen in the flesh 
and had I the money I would most certainly choose an original over a print as an investment to my collection.

 

This last snippet from one of the larger collages was so beautiful and reminded me of some of the illustrations in A duck
called Angelique by Roger Duvoisin. It was amazing to see the pieces so close up, the layers of paper get flattened in
the scanning process and these pieces have many more layers than you would imagine. A thoroughly inspiring exhibition
with a great breadth of work was followed by a beautiful lunch with a robin for company. Followed by a walk to see Anthony
Caro's Promenade which is even more inspiring in reality, what an immense undertaking and what a setting for it. It was
truly breathtaking. I decided that if I lived nearby that I would most certainly join their membership scheme. It's well worth
a visit, it truly is an amazing place and the architecture is very well considered in the environment. I couldn't imagine a
better place to see sculpture as here.