Sculpture Park in Yorkshire
The snow starts to fall as we emerge from the lakeside trees, and for a short while, all that is visible are the huddled, grey forms of sheep. Even the ovine watering trough confuses me for a work of modern art, which is probably only possible here at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 500 acres of grassland, pasture, and lake where you are just as likely to run into a Highland cow or Texel ewe on your winter walk as you are a Gurley or Caro.
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My terrier, Wilf, is spitting canine criticism at Ai Weiwei’s Zodiac Heads because he believes he knows which is more interesting. Wilf makes up for his lack of artistic talent, though, with his understanding of the walk and ability to spot a nice yomp. After beginning in the parking lot and going by Barbara Hepworth’s Family of Man, we made our way around the several gallery buildings. There was a lot to see around these outlying buildings: we eventually descended to the Cascade Bridge and then hiked up into the snowy on hill after becoming distracted by a multicolored octopus and a video projection.
Repositioning Wilf in the car, we head for the shorter lakeside path, which is undoubtedly worthwhile despite my strong belief that the frozen lake adorned with swans surpasses any artistic creation by humans – a contentious discussion to sustain our momentum. The park was originally home to a powerful branch of the Wentworth family, who enjoyed nothing more than to construct follies and insert various pyramids, grottoes, and hideous stony folly into the woods. I’m also pretty fascinated with the endeavors of a previous generation.
Dean’s Forest Sculpture Trail
One of the first sculpture paths in the UK, it offers three excellent treks ranging from two to five miles, as well as some big-name artists including Ian Hamilton Finlay and Cornelia Parker. Some of the sculptures appear a little kanye west merch worn out, considering the site’s age (it opened in 1986). In reality, a few have been “decommissioned” and are progressively blending into the forest. Still, sixteen pieces are missing. The actual highlight of the lovely hikes is Kevin Atherton’s Cathedral, which employs stained glass to evoke awe in one of Britain’s best historic woodlands. There is a nice cafe and play area at Beechenhurst Lodge, which serves as the start/finish point.
Surrey’s Sculpture Park
Situated six miles south of Farnham, this 100-acre park is situated near the western edge of the North Downs. There are about eight hundred sculptures spread out across the forest and surrounding lakes, with numerous designated walking paths. There is something for everyone in this eclectic blend, so expect super-serious pieces mixed in with the fantastical and silly. The kids will be entertained for hours with the variety of bright, entertaining items available, and if you are really moved, there are plenty of pieces for sale. Picnics are welcome, though you might find it warmer at the Bel and Dragon bar, which is located across from the entrance. A mile down the road lies the Orchard Barn Cafe as well.
Street art in Digbeth, Birmingham
Digbeth, which is located southeast of the city center, is considered the best by experts. “It’s got such a special mix of art: graffiti, of course, but also film locations, quirky shops, and architecture – I love it,” remarks local graffiti artist Panda. I meet him at Selfridges, which is near the stations on New Street and Moor Street, to begin our walk. In order to see the first graffiti by Philth and Panda himself, we enter the Park Street tunnel, turning right as we emerge into Shaw’s Passage. From there, we go left up Allison Street and right onto Bordesley Street. The former Typhoo Tea factory stands across, and it was the setting for Stock’s graffiti and the latest location of Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One.
We turn right on Fazeley Street after ascending Canal Street to view murals by G-Anders, Newso, Juice 126, and Tempo 33. We pass a constantly-changing roster of graffiti (“watch out for Fox by Annatomix”) as we turn left into the canal towpath and then right down the Grand Union canal. After leaving Coventry Road, we make a right turn into Upper Trinity and stop at Mutt Cycles, which is dubbed the “coolest motorbike shop in the country,” for coffee. We continue past several murals into Lower Trinity, where we find the Custard Factory, where there is more graffiti, food at Kanteen, and Panda’s workshop, where I could learn how to spray paint.
Angel of the North and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art Walk – Gateshead, England:
Take a walk around the iconic Angel of the North sculpture by Antony Gurley.
Visit the nearby BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art for a dose of modern art.
Sculpture Park at Burghley House – Stamford, England:
Explore the grounds of Burghley House, which features a Sculpture Garden with a diverse collection of contemporary sculptures.
Jupiter Art land Sculpture Park – Edinburgh, Scotland:
Wander through the Jupiter Art landgrounds, where you’ll encounter various sculptures and installations by renowned contemporary artists.
Folkestone Artworks – Folkestone, England:
Experience the Folkestone Artworks, an outdoor exhibition featuring a collection of contemporary art installations along the coastal paths.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park – Wakefield, England:
Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an open-air gallery with a stunning landscape and a diverse collection of sculptures by artists like Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.
Landform at the National Gallery – London, England:
Stroll through Trafalgar Square and visit the National Gallery. Don’t miss Charles Jencks’ “Landform” installation in the Gallery’s forecourt.
Before embarking on any of these walks, it’s advisable to check the latest information about opening times, any admission fees, and the status of specific artworks, as these details may change. Additionally, there may be new art installations or walks that have gained popularity since my last update. Read More…