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Art gone wildThe best places to see sculptures outdoors - Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Some of the most popular outdoor works of the last few decades -- James Turrell's famous Skyspaces, Robert Smithson's "Spiral Jetty," Antony Gormley's standing figures, Andy Goldsworthy's ephemeral works in nature -- have shown how a fresh setting can make for a perspective-altering and exhilarating experience.


We often view art in white cube spaces and neoclassical museums. But once a work of art is placed outdoors -- whether in a busy city or the open countryside -- it's given new meaning.


Considered by some to be the most beautiful sculpture park in the world, Yorkshire Sculpture Park in the north of England has shown large-scale works by Bill Viola, KAWS, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, David Nash and Andy Goldsworthy.


This year the park celebrates its 40th anniversary, marking four decades at the forefront of staging outdoor exhibitions. In a year of programmed events there will be exhibitions of work by seminal British sculptor Tony Cragg, as well as the Chilean polymath Alfredo Jaar.


They will also host a 40-hour party, allowing visitors to view the park at night, an exhibition of work from the British Arts Council collection, and an intervention by Haroon Mira at the park's James Turrell Skyspace.