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You never know who you might bump into or what you might see on a day out at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park…

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For more information go to Yorkshire Sculpture Park http://www.ysp.co.uk/

Words and photographs Copyright © 2016 by Antony J Waller



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“Brrr”. She thought it was still a tad chilly!


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“Searching for Utopia” by Jan Fabre, Piazza della Signoria, Firenza.


Photograph Copyright © 2016 by Antony J Waller

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Here’s looking at you!

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Who’s watching over you today?

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFacing the sea on a bench overlooking the bay in a North Yorkshire town sits a giant steel sculpture.
It is of a man on a bench. One shoe lace is untied, his overcoat open to the elements, cap pulled slightly down over his forehead, one hand dangling in the air, arm draped across the top of the bench, the other gripping a walking stick.
This is Freddie Gilroy, the son of a Durham miner who worked as a brickie at the local colliery. Just an ordinary man from a poor background.

Then one day he went to war and his life changed forever.

On April 15th 1945 the British 11th Armoured Division entered and liberated the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp and the horrors that lay within. Freddie Gilroy was one of those soldiers.

One month later Freddie ‘celebrated’ his 24th birthday, still within the camp.

When he was interviewed in the 1980s by a journalist he admitted that on every birthday since he had sat and cried.
Freddie Gilroy never married and died of cancer in November 2008.

The statue, ‘Freddie Gilroy and the Belsen Stragglers’, is by sculptor Ray Lonsdale and is his memorial, “ not just about Freddie Gilroy but represents all the normal people that were pulled out of an ordinary life and forced into a very extraordinary and dangerous one during the World Wars.”

Words and photographs Copyright © 2014 by Antony J Waller

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The Yorkshire Sculpture Park covers over 200 acres and is set amongst the rolling countryside parkland and lakes of Bretton Hall, a 500 acre 18th century estate in West Yorkshire. Alongside original follies, landscape features and architectural structures modern works of art vie for the visitors attention as you meander though the woodlands, along the lakesides and across the parklands. The underground Bothy & Garden Galleries and Longside Gallery also house indoor displays. Currently there is an exhibition by the 20th century Spanish sculptor Joan Miro, the first major showing of his work in the UK.

There are over 60 open air art works including sculptures by Barbara Hepworth, Antony Gormley, Henry Moore and Magdalena Abakanowicz, to name but a few.

Whilst entry is free there is a charge for parking. The park is open all year round (except 24 & 25 December) from 10am to 6pm, and from 28 October till 5pm. The indoor galleries, cafe, restaurant and shop close slightly earlier (please check for exact times) http://www.ysp.co.uk/page/visit-ysp/tc

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is located one mile from Junction 38 of the M1.

Here are a few photographs from a recent visit:

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