Walking Sculptures Arrive at Yorkshire Sculpture Park for James Capper Exhibition


From Saturday 5 January, visitors will be able to see Capper’s amazing large-scale walking sculptures in the open air with accompanying drawings, paintings and models in the Bothy Gallery. Capper’s sculptures are the result of his explorations into mechanical processes and interest in the innovations of early engineering. The machines will be demonstrated in live performances by the artist at weekend dates in January and February.

Three of Capper’s earth marking sculptures will be on display in the open-air: Midi Marker (2012), a vibrant yellow machine with claw-like feet which imprints on the landscape; gigantic, forklift-like engine Exstenda Claw (2012); and Tread Toe (2010), a large-scale moving sculpture, self-powered by a hydraulic foot which moves forward in a slow stepping motion.

Capper will be on-site at the Longside Gallery between 7 January and 7 February testing the possibilities of his machines and will demonstrate the moving sculptures to the public on 13, 20, and 27 January and 3 February. There will also be a family-friendly sculpture workshop inspired by the exhibition on 20 and 21 February. Visit ysp.co.uk or call 01924 832631 for details.

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