I noticed that the Yorkshire Sculpture Park was having a late night opening on Friday evening, and so I thought that hubby and I might pop along and have our tea out (in Yorkshire, we have breakfast, dinner, tea and supper. This topic will get a post of its own one day!).
We had a wonderful evening. When we visited last time, it was a bank holiday and there were loads of folk around. On Friday evening, it felt as if we were the only people there. After our meal, we braved the short, sharp showers and had a good look around.
Some of the exhibits were lit up and looked amazing against the moody sky.
The big fella....
was closely inspected by the other big fella (who was trying to a find a word amongst all the letters)
Even in the rain, it was lovely to look around with not many other people being there.
The gorgeous walled garden hides a secret space hidden behind.
Rebecca Chesney had certainly done a dilligent observation of Bees on the estate. Through the doorway in the wall, into............
an amazing gallery made from stone and wonderful Oak.
I actually quite liked this collection of dead bees - yes, I know I'm weird, but they looked amazing and very interesting! Rebecca is doing some walks and talks about bees at the park in the next few weeks.
We spent ages in the underground gallery. last time, it had been too packed with visitors and we hadn't been able to visit each room. The room of Gongs, which you were encouraged to hit gently to make an ambient sound was awesome - to look at and to hear.
The Gongs are huge and there is a full circle of them - all engraved too.
We actually think that the huge lit up men on the walls in this gallery look like hubby. He often has moments when his head is in his hands too! Usually on Saturday evening listening to the footy results involving his Sheffield Wednesday I might add.
We hadn't seen these big heads before either.
We managed to have a good conversation with one of the curators as it wasn't too busy. She explained how the artist had carved these giant faces on Alabaster(with lasers). The faces are all of real people. They are for sale starting at £80,000 each and a fair few have sold. She also showed us where someone had left a huge footprint on one !!!
One of the rooms shows the concept of the designs in miniature. I would love to see these hearts made up large.
They also have a model of hubby on a large stick in the grounds that they illuminate at night. These were the concept models for this.