Tuesday, 31 August 2010


Having recently visited The Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield, West Yorkshire it gave me some ideas as to where I wanted to take my final practical outcomes.

One piece that I was looking forward to seeing was the Antony Gormley piece: "One and Other" but when I asked one of the staff which way it was she told me that the tree stump that it had been erected on was decaying and for health and safety reasons it had been removed (ironic that!!).

David Nash has his largest collection of work exhibited here until February of next year. If you haven't been to the exhibitions yet I strongly advise you to check it out - it may be a bit of a trek to get around the whole site but it is well worth it. As you walk around the park you can see work from other people such as Andy Goldsworthy, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, James Turrell and Jonathan Borofsky.

The installations from Henry Moore are amazing - there aren't many places around were you can see children using his sculptures as climbing frames and truely interacting with them.

One place that I really enjoyed was the Bothy Gallery, this is were Davis Nash's "Boulder" was exhibited. This wooden Boulder was a large wooden sphere carved by David in the North Wales landscape and left there to weather.

Over the years the boulder slipped and rolled its way through the landscape, following the course of streams and rivers until finally it was washed out to sea.

Since it was caught in the currents of the Irish Sea the sculptor has no idea of its location, and enjoys the notion that wood which grew out of the land will finally return to it. The story of the boulder is documented in a film by Welsh film-maker Pete Telfer.

This was a great piece of film documenting the journey this spherical wood took with no narration this piece was purely of the boulder and the sounds around it as it went on its journey.

The wooden boulder was last seen in June 2003 on a sandbank near Ynys Giftan. All creeks and marshes have been searched so it can, only be assumed it has made its way to the sea. It is not lost. It is wherever it is.

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