YSP 40

Celebrating 40 years of art without walls

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Jaume Plensa, Duna, 2014

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In celebration of the Park’s 40th anniversary, YSP will feature major indoor and open-air exhibitions, ambitious interventions in the landscape and an exciting series of special events.


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YSP held its first exhibition in 1977 and is now acknowledged as one of the best places in the world to see sculpture.

2017 will see the introduction of new works for the open air by leading artists, including a beautiful new monumental cast iron head of a girl by Jaume Plensa. Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads is a dramatic group of 12 bronze animal heads, representing the traditional Chinese Zodiac and standing at three-metres-tall. In Lower Park, Zak Ové's Black and Blue: The Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness, a powerful army of 80 identical figures, creates an extraordinary impact. In addition, we welcome new works by artists including Eduardo Chillida, Phyllida Barlow, Ursula von Rydingsvard and Matthew Day Jackson.

For our 40th year, we've also commissioned a new installation by Bob and Roberta Smith, and there will be special events including artist talks and A Weekend of Wonderful Things during the summer.