Ramblers Cultural Day Part 1: Park Grange woods sculpture trail to Meadowhall

I walked with the Sheffield ramblers. We caught a bus from Meadowhall to Kimberworth,Rotherham. We entered wood / parkland called Park Grange woods. Immediately we saw the first of 10 naked people.

The ideas for the sculptures came from a workshop the sculpture Marcela Livingston did with imaginative children. The children’s poet laureate Mat Black, sourced or wrote a poem for each sculpture, sadly as the poems were on metal plaques, all but the first had been stolen.

1. Zena the rock climber

2 Stan the stable boy. A shy character.

3. Morris minor. The children developed a whole story about how he found a pot of gold digging whilst digging the gold. Then used it to fund a sailing trip to far away lands.

4. Crow girl. She had wood n hollow legs. She was a thrift who hid stolen loot in her legs. No one ever dared ask about her childhood.

5. Yazier. A nature lover, perhapas she is knelt to look at a plant.

6 Slip hand Suzy. She is an old lady, having a rest after long day at a pottery wheel.

7. 2 dinners ignacioys . A Monk who likes food.

8. Freddie firey fork maker. A good dancer.

9. Retus young ambitious solider. Good watcher and bit of a worrier.

10. Revs Goddess of bikes. Use wheels to defend against armies. One time she cut all heads off whole army and they ran around like headless chickens.

A bonus for me was coming back to Meadowhall, behind the Travelodge, I refound one of Sheffield’s elephants ๐Ÿ˜ (Technicolour pachyderms that was originally on Devonshire green.

A bonus of walks finishing at Meadowhall, is the chance to appreciate the artistry of a Godiva sculptural Hot chocolate.

It was handy having a new bag from Lucy Locket Sheffield , around my waist so could get to my phone easily to take pictures, whilst keeping phone safe.

Wild in Art Sculpture Trials Coming up in 2018 United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia

This year I have enjoyed Lincoln Knights trial and Hull Moths. Last year I enjoyed Sheffield elephants. In a similar vein the following trials are coming up in 2018,

Hares Norwich

24th June – 8th September. 50 sculptures in the city and a further 15 in wider Norfolk.

Girraffes Worcester ย ย 

25 large girraffes and at least 25 baby girraffes.

Hoodwinked Nottingham

July – September. Robin Hood inspired sculptures.

The big hoot ๐Ÿฆ‰ Auckland New Zealand<<
tumn 2018. 50 owl sculptures

The big splash ๐Ÿฌ Perth, Western Australia January – March 2018. 50 dolphin sculptures.

Maggie Penguin ๐Ÿง Parade Dundee, Scotland 100 sculptures.

Snail ๐ŸŒ Pace Brighton and Hove 50 snails. Autumn 2018

Snowdogs Ashford 25 sculptures inspired by Raymond Briggs snowdog. September – November 2018

Bees ๐Ÿ Manchester
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s, July – September

Hull City of Culture: Good Friday day out

Being Good Friday the museums of museum quarter Injand Ferens art gallery were closed, however I still found things to look at.

The Sping flowers in Princess Gardens were beautiful.

With Emperess pub in background
I also saw the temporary installations of daffiodils, present just for Easter weekend and poppies which are moving round the country during the centenary of the World War One years. The train station has dozens of boards showing all the men from Hull, who died in the First World War.


It is a shame all the redevelopment work was not completed before the year of culture as it means there are a lot of fences and barriers around.


The courts on Alfred Gelder street, are a very ornate building.


I went to the Deep car park to see installations within cars. These were not immediately obvious and it felt strange walking round car park  trying to look for art in cars as although I may be wanting to not ride.

For example, in this picture one of the cars is the nearest one in this picture ( little light green colour one) then another is same colour other end of row nearly completely hidden in this photo by a van.

The first car:


The second car:


The third car:


I would say don’t come to Hull just for cars. But have a look if you go to the Deep, particularly if you are in group and there is a long queue to get into the Deep; you can take it turns to look at cars / wait in line. From The marine or museum quarter the cars are only a 5/10minute diversion each way.

I was not, expecting to see any urinals during my day out but, saw several at Fountsain 17 during a 5minute stop; did not feel needed to study them. I also paid a quick visit to the Humber Gallery on the same street. The upstairs galleries has exhibition on untill mid June called Becoming the sea. To be honest it was rather space, various videos so did not engage me for long.

Downstairs there was a Raft of Medusa, a reference  had recently become aquatinted with due to car 2 at the Deep car park.


Also on Humber street was a couple of fun planters.


The paper exhibition 30June to 9th July, sounds interesting. At the launch the worlds favourite colour will be announced. At the I information point at the train station,  I picked up some stickers and cards about how to submit favourite colour.


Humber street is part of an 80million pound regeneration project. Around the area are teasers about what is to come…


I also briefly popped into Playing the Bridge, a multimedia installation on Scale bridge near the museum quarter. In the semi darkness, films played on large screens and a couple of people had different hammers which they banged on the metal to create eerie acoustics.

I may have only popped into some places very briefly but, still fun especially as I discovered today and on previous visit during year of culture there is lots to see around.

During the day I only saw one Amy Johnson moth in St Stephens, not sure if this is now it’s permanent home as other moths have moved.

Hull hot chocolate at Cocoa Chocolatier

More Hull Wonderwalls

Hot chocolate at the Real McCoy Hull.

Wondewalls: Hull City of Culture

30+ moths, 2 toads; Land of Green Ginger, gold Post box and Gold phone box; features of a walk around Hull

Model of Amy Johnson’s Jason in the train station

Amy Johnson statue

Willberforce column

Fish embedded in pavement in front of city hall

30+ moths, 2 toads; Land of Green Ginger, gold Post box and Gold phone box; features of a walk around Hull

 One of Hull’s heros is Amy Johnson. I have not seen them, but there is statues of her on Prospect Street and near one of her homes in Hawthorn avenue. Untill March 2017 there are 30+ moths in Hull in her honour. Possibly after, the auction of them in April some will be bought and put back on display.

Tips for viewing Amy Johnsonโ€™s moths

Butterfly net out; to catch Amy Johnson Inspired Moths

In 2010 there was a similar project to honour Hull poet Philip Larkin; Larkin with toads. I have seen two toads that remain in Hull; there may be more!

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Outside Hull’s Historical centre
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In Museum Quarter
In the train station there is also a statue of Phillip Larkin.

 

Hull along with Beverley has white phone boxes instead of the usual red of the rest of the UK. It seems they also have one gold phone box; there is no explanation around it as to why it is gold.


The gold post box on Hessle road is in honour of Luke Campbell’s gold medal in the 2012 olympics when London hosted.


The Land of Green Ginger is a street in the centre of Hull. It’s name possibly coming from the  twising  of the name, of a Dutch family that lived in Hull in the early 19th centruy. The family name was Lindegreen Jonger which means green lime street. Or perhapas, it references the spices that came into the nearby docks. A range of goods and people travelled to and through the docks. A sculpture along the Humber shows a faimly who have arrived at the docks from North Europe who then proceeded by train to Liverpool and from there by boat to America.


The family sculture is between the Humber and Hull’s marina which forward of Princess Quay shopping city.Walking away from the marina, towards the Deep in front of the pub, come to tables and benches with typical Hull phrases recorded.


Recognising Hull’s fishing and sea faring history, Zebedee’s yard has a tributary scultpture, into which flowers can be placed.


Hull has many scultpures. the newest being the Blade in Queen Victoria Square which was positioned in January 2017 as part of city of culture. Before I went  I had heard it was part of a theme of looking up, looking up from the ubiquitous phone and noticing what is going an around. The Blade is certainly big and therefore,  causes people to gather, around it. It is not that high up; you can see it without lifiting your head. The highest part is the tip that, protrudes acrooss above the road. At least one of the emotions experincec by crowds in Queen Victoria Square , will be puzzlement. It is impressive in size but, other than that is rather stark with no adornment and a very simple shape some may consider it rather phalic like. It is for all to judge.