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Our open-air collection comprises long and short term loans, gifts from artists and individuals and site-specific commissions. There are always around 80 sculptures and installations to see in the open air.

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Ai Weiwei: Iron Tree

Iron Tree is sited in the historic Chapel courtyard, as the legacy of the artist’s 2014 exhibition.

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Alec Finlay: Home to a king (3)

Home to a king (3) is a series of ten nest-boxes located throughout the Park, each featuring painted poem-clues composed on the names of British tree species. 

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Amar Kanwar: Six Mourners and The One Alone

As a part of Kanwar's 2013 exhibition, he was commissioned by YSP to create sculptural forms outdoors, for which he used timber from the 19th century Chapel organ that was dismantled due to...

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Andy Goldsworthy: Hanging Trees

When developing his ideas for Hanging Trees, Andy Goldsworthy intended that the works ‘be about those things we do not see – that demand a physical engagement of the...

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Andy Goldsworthy: Outclosure

Dry stone walls are a significant, traditional feature of the farmed landscape, particularly in northern Britain. They are evidence of human control of the land and walls...

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Andy Goldsworthy: Shadow Stone Fold

Sheepfolds are used to gather animals for stock management and are common across Britain. Following on from projects in Scotland and Cumbria in which Goldsworthy worked with...

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Anthony Caro: Dream City

Sir Anthony Caro (1924–2013) is a major figure in British abstract sculpture and is widely recognised as one of the most innovative 20th-century sculptors.

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Anthony Caro: Promenade

Promenade, 1996 was created for the Tuileries Gardens in Paris and takes its name from the historical fashion for walking in public places to meet, or be seen by, others. The shape of this sculpture...

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Antony Gormley: One & Other

One and Other (2000) reflects Gormley's individual concerns with isolation and claustrophobia, but the figure has lost any distinct features and, as such, represents the universal.

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Anya Gallaccio: Blessed

Scottish-born artist Anya Gallaccio is known for her work with organic matter. In reflection on the consumerist culture of the day, her site-specific installations involve the natural decay of...

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Barbara Hepworth: Squares with Two Circles

Hepworth was keen for her work to be experienced in the open air, which developed into a lifelong passion. She famously wrote that her work should be ‘allowed to breathe’...

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Barbara Hepworth: The Family of Man

The Family of Man (1970) is a beautiful representation of figures in the landscape and is one of the last major works Hepworth completed before her death.

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Bob and Roberta Smith: All Schools School be Art Schools

All Schools Should be Art Schools was created in April 2017, as part of YSP’s 40th anniversary celebrations. This large-scale work expresses Bob and Roberta Smith’s ongoing concern...

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Brian Fell: Ha-Ha Bridge

In creating Ha-ha Bridge for YSP, Fell has provided an elegant design with new levels of meaning.

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Bruce Beasley: Advocate IV

Advocate IV is formed from intercepting cubes positioned to create a precariously balanced tower. Beasley compares the individual blocks of the sculpture to individual notes of a musical composition...

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Caroline Locke: The Frequency of Trees

Conceived during Locke’s residency at YSP in 2012, The Frequency of Trees comprises a series of 14 tuning forks tuned to the frequency of different trees within YSP: Oak, Horse Chestnut, Beech...

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David Nash: Seventy-one Steps

A strong relationship between the artist and YSP was established during various residencies years and in 2010 David Nash returned to YSP for what he described as the most important project...

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David Nash: 49 Square

David Nash created two new works made in December 2013 to overlook the Park’s historic lakes.

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David Nash: Barnsley Lump

During a YSP residency from 1981-82, Nash created site specific works including Barnsley Lump.

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David Nash: Black Mound

David Nash created two new works made December 2013 to overlook the Park’s historic lakes.

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Dennis Oppenheim: Trees: From Alternative Landscape Components

As with much of Oppenheim's earlier work, Trees: From Alternative Landscape Components act as a dialogue, this time between the natural and artificial landscape and as a comment on the...

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Elisabeth Frink: First Man

Elisabeth Frink was a leading figure in British sculpture. She was part of the post-war group of British sculptors, which included Kenneth Armitage and Eduardo Paolozzi, who became known as...

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Elisabeth Frink: Judas

The figure of Judas is one of the most powerful embodiments of betrayal.

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Elisabeth Frink: Riace Figures II, III, IV

Seated Man and the Riace Figures II, III, IV relate to Frink’s interest in warriors, with painted faces and muscular stature.

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Elisabeth Frink: Standing Man

Sculptures such as Standing Man illustrate Frink’s appreciation of the male figure for its potency and strength, whilst also convey her ability to communicate the complexity of...

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Elizabeth Frink: Seated Man II

In Seated Man II (1986) a white mask focuses our attention on the figure’s face. Frink used masks and goggles to conceal sinister eyes and hide true expressions. 

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Elizabeth Frink: Running Man

Running Man (1978) illustrates Frink’s appreciation of the male figure for its potency and vulnerability and illustrates her ability to communicate the complexity of mankind.

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Grenville Davey: Well

Well is based on the shape of a drinks can and relates to Pop Art, made famous by Andy Warhol in the 1960s.

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Hemali Bhuta: Speed Breakers

Hemali Bhuta was Creative India Visiting Artist at YSP during the summer of 2012. As Bhuta spent time walking around the Bretton Estate, she became especially drawn to the trees...

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Henry Moore: Draped Seated Woman

Draped Seated Woman is one of several sculptures from the 1950s that depicts a figure draped in a gown, the folds of which reveal the influence of classical Greek art on Moore’s work at...

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Henry Moore: Large Totem Head

Large Totem Head is an upright bronze sculpture with a smooth curved back and a concave front bisected down the centre. This feature highlights the symmetrical qualities of the sculpture, which...

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Henry Moore: Large Two Forms

As Moore’s career progressed, his work began to get larger in size. 

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Henry Moore: Reclining Connected Forms

The abstracted shapes of Reclining Connected Forms allude to two enduring themes within the art of Henry Moore, one of Britain’s leading twentieth-century sculptors: the reclining figure...

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Henry Moore: Reclining Figure: Arch Leg

Reclining Figure: Arch Leg forms part of Moore’s Reclining Figure series that he began in the 1950s, and returned back to again and again throughout his life

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Henry Moore: Three Piece Reclining Figure No. 1

Three Piece Reclining Figure No.1 forms part of Moore’s Reclining Figure series that he began in the 1950s, and returned back to again and again throughout his life. 

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Henry Moore: Upright Motives No. 1 (Glenkiln Cross): No 2; No 7

Moore was the first patron of YSP and expressed a strong wish to site his work in the Country Park during a visit in 1979.

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James Capper: TREAD PAD pair 1

TREAD PAD pair 1 is a component for Walking Ship, a sculpture that has been in development since 2010 as part of a series of works that operate in water - known as the Offshore Division.

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James Turrell: Deer Shelter Skyspace

In 2007, The Art Fund, the UK's leading art charity, commissioned a permanent Skyspace by James Turrell at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. This was the first contemporary commission for The Art Fund and...

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Jaume Plensa: Wilsis

Wilsis belongs to a series of portrait heads by Jaume Plensa, depicting young girls from around the world, with their eyes closed in a dreamlike state of contemplation. At over seven meters high, the...

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Jaume Plensa: Wonderland

Jaume Plensa is an internationally renowned Catalan artist, who has exhibited in museums and galleries across the world, and is particularly known for his innovative and pioneering projects...

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Jem Finer: Longplayer

Longplayer is a 1000-year-long musical composition. It began playing at midnight on 31 December 1999, and will continue to play without repetition until the last moment of 2999, at which point it...

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Joan Miró: Figure

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Joan Miró: Personnage

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Joan Miró: Tête

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Joan Miró: Torse

In 1969, Miro began a period of collaboration with the Parellada foundry in Barcelona that was freer, more untamed and more extensive. Miro was able to give free rein to the wilder, more daring side...

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JocJonJosch: Eddy

The Anglo-Swiss-Slovakian collective JocJonJosch comprises Joc Marchington (b. 1976 UK), Jonathan Brantschen (b. 1981 Switzerland) and Joschi Herczeg (b. 1975 Slovakia).

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Jonathan Borofsky: Molecule Man 1+1+1

Jonathan Borofsky has said that the key word to describe his sculpture is archetypal; the figure does not represent one particular human being, but man in general.

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Julian Opie: People 15

Born in London in 1958, Julian Opie emerged as an influential artist in the 1980s after studying at Goldsmiths College in London. Towards the end of the decade Opie’s sculptures...

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Kenny Hunter: Bonfire

Kenny Hunter’s work explores popular culture through the legacy of a darker history that shapes contemporary life. He often presents humble or everyday subject matter as...

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Kwanho Yuh : Seed Bank

Yuh first developed the idea for Seed Bank after being invited to contribute to a project in Hanover in 2004. She took a bench from her home, placed it in a brown-field site and invited visitors to...

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Leo Fitzmaurice: Arcadia

Arcadia (2007), consists of four signs in different locations at YSP, with different characteristics, ranging from the entry point to the expanses of Lower Park. 

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Leo Fitzmaurice: Litter

Highlighting the excessive debris and waste discarded on a daily basis, Litter by Leo Fitzmaurice is a playful interpretation of rubbish bags with their handles tied in such a way that...

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Lucy + Jorge Orta: Diana

In their artwork, Lucy + Jorge Orta confront some of the 21st century’s most important issues including biodiversity, environmental sustainability and climate change. 

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Lynn Chadwick: Cloaked Figure IX

Cloaked Figure IX(1978) illustrates the artist’s ability to use constructed bronze to suggest form and movement. The cloak conceals the figure’s limbs, adding further to the...

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Lynn Chadwick: Little Girl

Little Girl is part of a series of seated figures made by Lynn Chadwick through the 1970s and 1980s. 

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Marc Quinn: Wilder Shores of Desire

Quinn’s work explores the relationship between art, nature and science, the human body and the perception of beauty. 

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Marialuisa Tadei : Night and Day

Night and Day (2009) is a key example of Tadei’s use of mosaic to elevate tangible forms into a more ethereal realm.

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Marialuisa Tadei: Octopus

Octopus (Polipo) 2011 is a key example of Tadei’s use of mosaic to elevate tangible forms into a more ethereal realm.

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Masayuki Koorida: Flower

The two Flower works are pieces by Masayuki Koorida – the Director of the Shanghai Sculpture Park, where he continues to develop his own practice and create new work. 

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Matthew Day Jackson: Magnificent Desolation

Magnificent Desolation, created by Matthew Day Jackson, directly references one of Auguste Rodin’s most famous sculptures Les Burghers de Calais (1884-85), that pays homage to the Hundred...

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Michael Lyons: Heights of David

Michael Lyons was a founding member of YSP, serving on the Management Committee until 1992. His dedication to helping launch the Park rekindled his interest in making sculpture and he exhibited...

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Mikayel Ohanjanyan: Diario

As part of our 40th anniversary celebrations, we are delighted to bring Ohanjanyan’s remarkable work to YSP.

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Nigel Hall: Crossing (Horizontal)

Nigel Hall has refined a practice over forty years that is primarily concerned with enclosing and occupying space, light and shadow, through carefully considered and elegant lines.

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Niki de Saint Phalle: Buddha

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Peter Randall-Page: Shapes in the Clouds III

Randall-Page’s work is informed at every turn by a lifelong study of organic form. Nature’s myriad complexities are a source of ongoing fascination to him, from the underlying mathematical...

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Phillip King: Shogun

King has always been interested in exploring different materials, believing that material is an inspiration in itself. 

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Phyllida Barlow: Untitled: squatboulder, 2014; Untitled: triplestackboulders

British sculptor Phyllida Barlow has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, and represents Britain in the 2017 Venice Biennale. Alongside her artistic practice, she has had an important...

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Raqs Media Collective: However Incongruous

However Incongruous (2011) is a three-dimensional rendition of Albrecht Dürer’s Rhinoceros – a woodcut made in 1515 by the German painter, printmaker and theorist – created...

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Richard Long: Red Slate Line

Richard Long is one of Britain’s most influential living artists and a leading figure in international land art.

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Roger Hiorns: Seizure

In 2008 Roger Hiorns, commissioned by Artangel and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, transformed an empty council flat in Southwark, London, into a sparkling blue environment of copper sulphate...

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Serge Spitzer: Untitled

Serge Spitzer's Untitled is enclosed within the raw stone walls of an old quarry. Spitzer coiled a massive steel beam that possesses a latent energy and seems as though it could...

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Sol Lewitt: 123454321

Sol LeWitt was of the opinion that ‘if one wishes to understand the art of our time one must go beyond appearance’. 123454321 has a restrained and calculated beauty which stems from the...

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Sophie Ryder: Crawling

Ryder’s work includes human, animal and mythological figures, frequently melding forms to combine the attitudes and instincts of each.

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Sophie Ryder: Sitting

Huge in scale, the hare becomes a dominant, watchful presence in the landscape.

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Thomas J Price: Network

Network, a large figure whose focus is on his mobile phone and not on those around him.

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Tim Paul: Totem Pole

Tim Paul is of the native American Hesquiat people, descended from the Nuu-cha-nulth territory in Vancouver. Paul created Totem Pole at YSP over a period of ten weeks, using traditional tools and...

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Ursula von Rydingsvard: Damski Czepek

Damski Czepek alters with the changing light and at certain points of the day has a lantern-like glow. The work encourages people to enter, offering a small sanctuary to meet and converse....

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Ursula von Rydingsvard: Heart in Hand

The form of Heart in Hand relates to an earlier work from 2010 called Luba – made in both cedar and bronze. Like that work, Heart in Hand is intended to resemble the arm of a...

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William Pye: Offspring I

Offspring I sits well in a niche of the Camellia House, contributing to the building’s atmosphere of calm.

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William Turnbull: Large Horse

William Turnbull reworked the figure of the horse throughout his career, reducing it to its basic form, as illustrated in Large Horse.

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William Turnbull: Large Idol

After serving as a pilot during the World War II, Turnbull travelled to Paris where he was associated with a thriving artistic community. Early success in Paris and at the 1952 Venice Biennale...

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William Turnbull: Queen 2

As with much of William Turnbull's sculpture, Queen 2 was inspired by his knowledge of ancient cultures and their artefacts; revealing the sculptural potential of utilitarian and functional...

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