My first real experience of art in the new normal – I know the other day I visited the Hepworth but that was really low key compared to the full blown sensory experience of being amongst a lot of people for the first time since February. For those of you who may not know the Yorkshire Sculpture Park is set in a large country park where the people of West and South Yorkshire come to enjoy a day out and perhaps take in some art along the way but mostly to let their children run around until they are exhausted – a very ancient approach to child care which unfortunately runs into the problem that young kids seem to have almost limitless energy!
As for the art it didn’t disappoint. However, if you want an in depth analysis I’m sorry but I’m not the one to provide it. My consumption of art is on a more fundamental level and I have neither the vocabulary nor the encyclopedic knowledge necessary to provide a balanced review. All I will say is that if you enjoy monumental art and an imaginative use of everyday objects then the current exhibitions make the YSP worth a visit.
As for the covid protections well they mostly were being observed or perhaps the best you could say is that they were being observed as well as you could expect given the gathering of a crowd of people. Perhaps the most interesting thing I noticed was that some of the older people didn’t seem to be too concerned about a 2 metre social distance. Perhaps it’s a Yorkshire thing?