Yorkshire Sculpture Park works of art star at this year's Great Yorkshire Show
PUBLISHED: 17:03 26 July 2011 | UPDATED: 19:46 20 February 2013
It took some skill to ensure the safe arrival of a couple of unlikely VIPs in time for the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate
Two iconic sculptures were carefully craned into postition in time for the start of the 153rd Great Yorkshire Show. The two 3.6m-high works of art, which have a combined weight of 14 tonnes, took pride of place in front of the Presidents Pavilion at the 250-acre showground.
The internationally-renowned pieces of sculpture Crawling and Hros de Lumire on loan from the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, arrived at the showground on board a 16-metre long trailer before being carefully lowered by a giant crane.
Nigel Pulling, chief executive of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, said: Yorkshire is recognised as a centre of excellence for sculpture, with the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the newly-opened Hepworth Gallery.
We wanted to give our visitors the chance to see the sculptures in a different setting.
They looked really fantastic here on our Presidents lawn.
It was yet another attraction for visitors to enjoy at this years Great Yorkshire Show, he added.
British sculptor Sophie Ryders bronze, Crawling, a hybrid female/mother figure,with the head of a hare and a human body, has been displayed at the sculpture park for the past three years.
Ryder created the piece in 1999 using a steel armature, around which she moulded and bent different thicknesses of wire. The finished bronze, 6.2m long and weighing five tons, was then dipped in boiling zinc to galvanize it.
The second sculpture at the show was Igor Mitorajs Hros de Lumire or Hero of Light which was created in 1986. The nine-ton piece of artwork is modelled in Carrara marble by Mitoraj, in the style favoured by Renaissance sculptors such as Michelangelo.
Alan Mackenzie, head of sculpture and estates at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park said moving the two gigantic pieces of artwork involved a team of technical experts to ensure all went smoothly and that the sculptures arrived in their new surroundings without a hitch.
We wanted to bring pieces of art that were of a scale and would be noticed, and enjoyed by the thousands of visitors who come to the Great Yorkshire Show. We thought bringing Crawling would be appropriate although we dont know what class we will enter the giant hare into. he said.
See next months Yorkshire Life for full picture coverage of the Great Yorkshire Show.