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More than 20,000 visit poppy display in Yorkshire

Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield opened its doors to more than 20,000 people over the weekend who came to view the ‘Wave’ display.

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The display, created by Chesterfield-born ceramic artist Paul Cummins, and designed by Tom Piper, commemorates the death of those fighting in the First World War and will be on display till January next year.

The opening weekend rush caused traffic jams and the disruptions for road users. Staff at the park have now issued an advisory urging people to avoid the park when it’s likely to be busy.

Iconic poppy sculpture relocated to Yorkshire

The iconic poppy sculpture which wowed millions at the Tower of London has been relocated to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park as part of a UK tour.

Wave, which is one part of the stunning war tribute, remembers soldiers who lost their lives in the Great War.

Its new home means thousands more people in our region will be able to see the amazing art work.

Sarah Clark reports:

Sculpture Park is named Museum of Year

Yorkshire Sculpture Park Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, which is filled with work by artists including Henry Moore and Tracey Emin ,has been named Museum of the Year.

The 500-acre open-air gallery , near Wakefield, was hailed by judges as a "truly outstanding museum with a bold artistic vision".

The park, which opened more than 30 years ago with an exhibition of 31 sculptures, welcomes 300,000 visitors a year to its galleries in the grounds of an 18th century country house.

It beat venues including Tate Britain and the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth to the win the £100,000 prize, formally known as The Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year, at a ceremony at the National Gallery in central London.

Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes announced this year's winner and praised the "dedication, love, and unbelievable creativity" of the shortlisted museums which also included London's Hayward Gallery and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich.

Stephen Deuchar, who chaired the judges, said: "A perfect fusion of art and landscape, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park has gone from modest beginning to one of the finest outdoor museums one might ever imagine."


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