You know I love the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and with it only being a few miles up the road from me, and free entry, I make the most of it.
Today I ventured to take a look at the new exhibition by this New York Sculpture - I can highly recommend it.
The exhibits were made from various materials and all very striking.
Photographs do not do them justice.
The end room in the long gallery always gives an insight into the artist that is exhibiting and how they work, what inspires them etc.
I always find this room really interesting.
But the very special feature of YSP is that it has a vast outdoor exhibition space which shows off these kind of pieces perfectly.
Don't you agree?
If you want to see all of the park, it really is a full days work. It costs £8 to park your car (or you can park in the nearby village for free and walk in), but once you are in, it is free. There are no hidden costs, all the exhibition spaces are free to enter. You need to wear sturdy walking shoes (although a minibus can ferry you up to the top galleries ) rain wear (just in case) and bags of stamina. You will exercise your legs, but you will also have to exercise your will power in the fabulous shop and restaurant!
We may have a dearth of well paid jobs here in Yorkshire these days, but we overflow with gorgeous countryside, fabulous art, and a wonderful quality of life - and sometimes all in the same place!
I photographed a snippet of the Rob Ryan commission for YSP depicting the "Grand Depart" which will rake place on the 5th July here in Yorkshire for the "Tour de France" (I hope he doesn't mind,) It is simply stunning. It is a huge piece and I love it.
The parkland is great for families, couples and also feels very safe for walking on your own - which I often do.
I know it is on some of your "lists" - it is a really gorgeous place.