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Wake up to the glory of Wakefield's new gallery


As a visitor from time to time to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield, I have watched with interest the construction of Feilden Clegg Bradley's new gallery, which you illustrated on last week's contents page (AJ 12.5.05).

I am sure there is more to be said about this appropriately reserved building, fitting into the landscape, partly built into the ground.

But this completion is also an occasion to reflect on what an important, and indeed unique, mix of indoor and outdoor spaces has been created at Wakefield.

Finding the best use for these spaces has, perhaps, yet to be discovered, but there is nothing wrong with that. The potential is tremendous. The several widely spaced buildings can host different exhibitions simultaneously, like any other major gallery, or could be themed. And the huge outdoors, where you can spend the whole day wandering, not only provides the settings for individual sculptures, but could also contain ventures on the scale of land art.

Something special has been created, that happens to be in Wakefield, but that is a truly national gallery.

John Darwen, Manchester

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