Wednesday, 17 February 2016

KAWS at The Yorkshire Sculpture Park

When I first saw that American artist KAWS  was to have his first UK exhibition at The Yorkshire Sculpture park I was pretty excited, I love pop art and what better way to introduce it to the boys than by actually seeing it! I was pretty sure they would enjoy the huge sculptures and that they would appeal to them.

We live a short distance from the sculpture park and I absolutely love visiting in all seasons we always discover something new each time we go. It's such an amazing space for the whole family to explore and enjoy, take a picnic along in the summer and you could easily spend a whole day there.

The KAWS exhibition opened a couple of weeks ago, and I was eager to visit when we had a dry day as the exhibition is both inside and out. I had seen on Instagram that the park had been really busy so we decided to visit on a weekday! This was definitely the right choice, though it was still fairly busy(but it is half term locally).

We visited the outdoor sculptures first, these are located near to the lake and cascade bridge and are just an awesome sight. To me they looked massive so I can only imagine how huge they were in the boys eyes.
Kaws at the Yorkshire sculpture park

Kaws at the Yorkshire sculpture park

KAWS at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Being 8 months pregnant I was unsure about the amount of walking as the indoor part of the exhibition is down in the Longside Gallery, which is around 2.5km from the main car park but there is a free regular shuttlebus to take you both ways. As it happens I was fine to walk and really enjoyed it, it was a freezing cold but beautifully sunny day and we enjoyed strolling through the field full of sheep down to the gallery and even spotted a couple of early lambs.
Sheep at the Yorkshire sculpture park

Walking at Yorkshire sculpture park

Yorkshire sculpture park

The indoor part of the exhibition contained more sculptures and some cavasses, we were greeted and advised no touching of the exhibits but photos were fine.  Phil and I loved this one as parents of two young children we felt it summed up our days!

Sebastian loved the neon pink sculpture, saying it looked like it was made of jelly and of course both boys liked the sculptures showing you internal organs.
Kaws at the Yorkshire sculpture park

Kaws at the Yorkshire sculpture park
Sebastian also liked the paintings and I was impressed that he noticed the continued use of the X in both the sculptures and canvasses.
Kaws at Yorkshire sculpture park

The KAWS exhibition is running until June 2016. It is free to visit although you do have to pay to park.

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