YSP – October – Not Vital, Ai Weiwei and more

I’m not sure if it’s coming from Castleford (home of Henry Moore) or just an innate love or decent art but my goodness I love a trip to Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP), it always has something good installed and this visit was no exception.

Not Vital had a great series of artworks across 3 rooms in a new extension to the indoor exhibition space. We then went over to Ai Weiwei to see his tree sculpture “Iron Tree” which is a truly complex and labour intensive piece of art and therefore dam good art.

We saw other things but that was the highlights…Photos below, enjoy!

Me, Bobbie and bubblesNot VitalNot Vital - The headsNot Vital - The head is in his handBobbie - there she is!Not Vital - AntlerNot Vital - Bobbie's lookingSculpture at YSP 2Sculpture at YSP 1Ai Weiwei - Iron TreeWall of sound

Salisbury and “Aunty Olive”

When ever possible we try and visit “Aunty Olive”. I’m only doing speech marks around Aunty Olive as I’m sure there is a degree of separation from that title and Mairi (so she’s Mairi’s mum’s Aunty) but she’s awesome so we just say she’s Aunty and live with it.

This time during my Nan’s 80th trip we spent one day driving to and enjoying Salisbury. We met up with Olive and Ian. At the time Salisbury Cathedral were exhibiting Sophie Ryder’s Giant Rabbits, and as you well know I love some good sculpture being from Castleford home of Henry Moore.

We also went round the outside of Salisbury Cathedral which architecturally is stunning mixing many different techniques and styles. I hopefully captured some of it’s awe and wonder.

Giant Rabbit 1Aunty Olive, Amelie, Mairi, BobbieA ring a ring of...rabbitsA ring a ring of...rabbits2A ring a ring of...rabbits3A ring a ring of...rabbits4BobbieSalisbury CathedralSalisbury Cathedral 2Salisbury Cathedral 3Salisbury Cathedral 4Salisbury Cathedral 5Giant hand...Salisbury CathedralGiant Rabbit 2

On my Birthday we went to Yorkshire Sculpture Park

So on Wednesday (7/3) it was my birthday and for the first time in my working life I took it as a day off! I was then asked what I wanted to do, I took ages to choose which will surprise anyone who knows me, but eventually settled on the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP).

I’ve been before and you can see my blog post on that visit here, but let’s focus on the here and now…

So the whole day actually included a major day out at Meadowhall but I didn’t take any pictures of it as it was mainly shops and a restaurant. So after the shopping trip we had about an hour and a half to play with at YSP and, as ever, it didn’t disappoint.

Although clearly doing some maintenance work at the time it was still a good visit all the same.

Featured artists in the following images are:
Sophie Ryder – Rabbits / Bunny people
Sui Jianguo – 2 two suits
Henry Moore – Bronze sculpture oddness
Ursula von Rydingsvard – crystal looking den house
Magdalena Abakanowicz – Rust metal sculpture

And I’m afraid I don’t know the other artists

So enjoy and let me know what you think of my photographs… also features my very beautiful daughter looking all cute.

A future dogA sculpture through a sculpture Bobbie looking at meBobbie looking at me croppedSmoking sculture2 headless suitsHares coming at youThe all seeing bunnyA rabbit with cogs in it...Rust and Metalfemale bunny looks out to the worldBobbie enjoying the Sculpture ParkTree and caveHenry Moore in the ParkThrough the eye of HenryNarrow view of Henry

Sculpture Park…in Yorkshire!

Just as Autumn started to kick in we met up with Carol and Twinkle (so named for his job in lighting tech), with thier two kids and went for a wonder around the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (or YSP if you prefer). We had a great time, Hazel the young girl of the group wanted cake towards the end of the day but this is not anything new!

As normal my Nikon D3000 came for the ride and I took some photos of lots of great stuff including Henry Moore bronze pieces.

For more info on YSP click here

So take a look at Yorkshire Sculpture Park  along with two smashing kids! No explanations needed!