I recently had a trip up north to deliver a new sculpture created from a mix or rusted corten steel and polished stainless steel to my Braganca design.
My journey back home took me down the M1 right past the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The sun was shining and a cuppa and cake and a walk round the park is always welcome. As always there was some great work on show, and some (in my opinion) not so great, it’s all a matter of personal taste. Below are a few photos of my favorites.
The Family of Man (1970) is a beautiful representation of figures in the landscape, one of her last major works.
Not rally my cup of tea, but i like it just for the wonderful setting. The Seated Figure plays with scale in a similar way to much of Henry’s work, which is often slightly larger or smaller than reality. From a distance, as you walk towards it , the work could look life-size, and be mistaken for being a real person. Upon approaching it, we notice the altered scale of the figure, which is much larger than life size.
The hand-crafted versus the industrial is reflected in one of Vasconcelos’ most energetic and colourful works, Pop Galo [Pop Rooster] (2016). Inspired by the image of the Portuguese rooster, Pop Galo brings historic and modern methods of making together, fusing handmade ceramic tiles and LED light technology, to create a contemporary pop art statement which celebrates the rooster of Barcelos – the most popular piece of the country’s traditional pottery. At over nine-metres-high and covered by 17,000 glazed tiles, by day the work traditionally represents the pop culture icon. At dusk, Pop Galo becomes animated by 15,000 LED lights, illuminating the historic parkland. Programmed alongside the lights, a composition by musician Jonas Runa plays from the rooster.