Week 5 Trip to Yorkshire Sculpture Park
It starts out cold and rainy on the morning we head to YSP, however this doesn’t dampen anyones spirits and everyone is ready and raring to go at meeting time.
When we arrived at the park it was still wet and pretty windy so we decided to visit the Longside gallery first. Once at the Longside Gallery everyone splits off to have a look around.
G appeared to be in high spirits and joked about with square on the floor, he put a chair in the middle pretending it was a sculpture, which he took a photograph of. He said that he had accidentally sat on a chair sculpture at the Hepworth gallery and was told off by a guard there. But he was laughing and joking with the staff at YSP about his ‘art’.
Once we’ve had a look around the Kaleidoscope exhibition we move into the activity and educational room. When I walk in I find G making a kaleidoscope sculpture, with blocks and mirrors, so I joined in and made one too. Had brought a high quality camera, of his daughters on the trip, in so was taking angled shots of his sculpture and using a torch to create shadows. P follows me in and quietly moves to a different activity table and began playing with some building with the building blocks. J appears a bit apprehensive of playing but soon joins in with the activity G and I had been doing.
Before we finish looking around the space I ask P and J what their favourite works ware. They both say the same piece, which was a fan looking sculpture. That looked out onto the park. P tell me it reminds him of a Chinese fan.
Once we have finished at the Longside Gallery we walk back up to the bus stop and head back to the main site. We hop off and decide that now would be a good time for lunch before we explored the rest of the park.
During lunch G tells myself and Van about how when he’s “in an art environment he really switches on and see everything around him as design but if he’s not in it doesn’t.” Saying that the lift he used to come to the restaurant was like a space design. He confesses that he wasn’t going to come because he wasn’t feeling it and the weather was rubbish. But N left him a voicemail telling him not to be miserable and so he changed his mind and that he was glad that he had.
After lunch the sun eventually comes and out we make our way to the Bothy Gallery admiring the Tony Cragg sculptures as we go. Once at the Bothy Gallery N really engaged with a black sculpture called Measures by Saad Quereshi. The YSP staff tell us about how it was made and how it represented Saad’s life and his journey from Pakistan to Bradford and then his move to Oxford. N is working primarily in black and white at the moment and says that was why he was drawn to it.
Once in the Underground Gallery N’s mood becomes cheeky. He beings going around touching all of the sculptures and having a joke around when there was no guards are looking. He sneaks into a room alone just so he could touch them all before he was caught and came back out to tell us.
G connects with a sketch that was covered in binary code. Begins to talk about a conspiracy theory of messages in the sketch.
P and I spend time looking at a few sculptures talking about how they were made. Another member of YSP explains to us how they were made.
Hayley spots N drawing a rabbit, and suggest that we venture down to see the rabbits whilst the sun is still shining. When we get there N give it a big hug as it’s a sculpture that he is allowed to touch. Everyone has a good look to see what things they can spot inside the cast.
After we’d seen both of the Rabbits J spots Ai Weiwei’s Zodiac sculptures and we head over to see them. We all work out which animal is ours and Van takes a photo of the participants underneath them.
At the end of the session P and J asks for photos of the trip as they have had a great day and want to remember the day.
Fantastic Day All Round