A mechanical Spring has arrived exactly on time at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Dennis Oppenheim’s ‘Trees (From Alternative Landscape Components 2006)’ are currently blossoming with a multitude of engineered, welded and fused ingredients.
Sculpture embedded into the landscape
Set within the classically landscaped West Bretton park, Oppenheim’s engineered Trees provide a stark, humorous reminder of man’s impact on the environment. A simultaneously awkward yet compelling collection of large-scale sculptures. These works demonstrate how high quality Public Art can engage, enthuse and challenge even the most casual passer-by.
In the 17 years I’ve lived in the East Midlands, YSP has always been an inspiring site to visit. A place to revisit longstanding favourites including Barbara Hepworth’s Family of Man, Elizabeth Frink’s Running Men and to grimace at the Henry Moore monstrosities. And a place to see new artists. This visit provided a portal into the home-spun magical world of Rob Ryan and Ryan Town – unequivocal proof ‘You can still do a lot with a small brain’. Particularly with an extreme amount of patience, scalpel blades, coloured paper, stories, home truths and lyrical imagery.