Friday 9 November 2012

YSP - Seventy-One Steps

In the summer holidays, a friend and I spent a day at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. I'd been wanting to visit for a while and I wasn't disappointed.

These few posts aim to give you a flavour of just some of what was on offer.

Connecting the woodland of Oxley's Bank with the lake, is this flight of 'Seventy One Steps' build specifically for the location in 2010 by artist David Nash.

The steps are made from oiled oak embedded on thirty tons of coal, with the intention that they will gradually erode as they are walked on; a useful piece of art which will, one day, return to nature.


  1. I have really enjoyed these YSP Posts Helen - my son and his wife often go but although they speak highly of it, they don't seem to take any photos.

  2. I too have really enjoyed your walks around YSP.
    I have not commented on every post but what a fabulous place. I especially loved the last post, The Basket on the hill among the poppies and wheat.
    Your post today is very striking. I like the way the art is very beautiful today, your photo shows that but will slowly change with the years.
    It also reminds me of a set of steps I use to walk in Laguna Beach. They where on the hillside leading down to a beach. Much steeper and of course the beach was called One Hundred Steps"... I counted more !
    This photo also remind me of so many of the steps one has to walk to get to many of the Temples in Japan. Son has a similar photo so now I must look for it and post it !
    Lovely series of photos of YSP, Thank You so much for taking us along.

    cheers, parsnip

  3. Fortunately you say that it is art, I thought these are steps, lol !

  4. I love the feeling of perpetuity these steps evoke.

    The thought behind the installation is really neat!