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1st June 2012

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Do you ever look at those brown heritage signs that line our roads and think “I wonder what that’s like?”

I do it all the time and to my shame hardly ever pay a visit. But, last weekend I did leave the M1 and followed the brown sign for the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Of course the weather was glorious (makes a pleasant change for me when I’m on an expedition – see the earlier blog about Blackpool!) and I was able to see the 500 acre park in all its glory.

The current exhibition showcases 79 bizarre and surreal sculptures from Joan Miró. Already an established painter Miró turned to sculpture in the 1940’s when he moved to Majorca. He was 53 when he made his first bronze.

As in his paintings he uses the bird, sun and moon motifs in his 3D world, with the quirky additions of bullhorns and other phallic adornments. To my mind his most bizarre and wonderful sculpture in “Oiseau Lunaire” (Lunar Bird, 1946). This was part of the indoor exhibition and photography is strictly prohibited. If you click here you can see it on the Joan Miró Online Imagebank.

The more I look at Miró’s sculptures the more they make me smile. “Personnage” (1970) on the right above is particularly cute. I can’t help wonder if it was an inspiration to Steven Spielberg to create one of his most famous characters!

For more photos from my visit please click to visit my extended blog on Tumblr.

For other photos and more sensible reviews please click the links below:
The Guardian
Yorkshire Sculpture Park 

Joan Miró at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park until 6th January 2013


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