This major exhibition comprised large bronzes and carvings sited in the Formal and Bothy Gardens and along the Formal Terrace. These works had previously only been seen in Italy and the United States and a number were unique to Yorkshire Sculpture Park. They were accompanied by a complementary indoor show in the Pavilion Gallery of smaller works.
Choosing the world of history, legend and archaeology as a starting point for his work, Mitoraj created sculptures of the human body which drew on the classical forms of ancient Greece. They were exquisitely carved from Carrara marble or cast in bronze and were seen to great advantage in the lush green landscape of Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
“Some artists observe the world around them, and reconstruct it in their art; some observe the world within themselves and externalise it. Mitoraj is certainly a world maker rather than a world re-maker. He has his own inner world, shaped by myth and legend, and by a bizarre almost surrealist sense of congruity and incongruity...He is one of the very few serious sculptors today who enjoy working on a grand scale and employs such durable materials that his works often seem most happy in the open air.” – John Russell-Taylor