Man on the Moors

A new 3m high, bronze sculpture by artist Sean Henry, entitled ‘Seated Figure’, has been installed on the North York Moors, near Westerdale. The piece is the first public sculpture to be placed within the National Park, where it will stay for 5 years. We visited today, leaving the car in a layby near a Westerdale turn off on the Blakey Road and walking across the moors for about 15 mins.

'Man on the Moors' by Sean Henry - image credit Gareth Jenkins

'Man on the Moors' by Sean Henry - image credit Gareth Jenkins

'Man on the Moors' by Sean Henry - image credit Gareth Jenkins

'Seated Figure' by Sean Henry - image credit Gareth Jenkins

'Seated Figure' by Sean Henry - image credit Gareth Jenkins

'Seated Figure' by Sean Henry - image credit Gareth Jenkins

'Seated Figure' by Sean Henry - image credit Gareth Jenkins

The work is accessible to the public and was commissioned by the David Ross Foundation.

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4 Responses to Man on the Moors

  1. Michael Birch July 4, 2017 at 3:48 pm #

    Another example of the creepoing despoilation of the natural beauty of the countryside by the arty-farty brigade, following the example set by Gormlay and some years ago by, I believe, the then Lord Feversham, with a pile of iron junk north of Helmsley.. I heard that this was (luckily) stolen by scap dealers from Stokesley, but don’t know if that was true.

  2. admin July 5, 2017 at 11:12 am #

    I’m not sure if I can be described as the ‘arty-farty brigade’, possibly – but while that I would agree humans are despoiling the natural landscape with roads, creeping urbanisation and intensive farming (the moorland this sculpture sits on is totally man made by the way) – I found it to be rather magnificent and thought provoking. But there you go, one man’s art is another man’s trash.

  3. Martin Watts July 6, 2017 at 10:10 pm #

    I think he looks rather good in the pictures although he reminds me of Jonathan Pryce! I certainly wouldn’t describe myself as “arty-farty”, but having seen these pictures I will certainly go and have a look for myself. Hopefully this statue will also encourage some of the passing motorists to leave their cars and enjoy a short walk.

  4. Lee Le Clercq July 10, 2017 at 8:09 am #

    I visited this artwork at the weekend. How on earth it can be described as despoiling the landscape is beyond me. Go and see it Michael – you might actually be inspired by its magnificence. Over millennia this wonderful moorland has been similarly enhanced with carvings, standing stones, cup and ring marks, wayside crosses etc. Would you want these carted away as arty-farty scrap too?

    As ‘admin’ has said, the beauty of our moors is largely a product of its management by Man. If the landscape was left to nature, we’d all live on the edge of a huge, dark and impenetrable forest populated with wild beasts hell bent on expansion……! I rather prefer it the way it is.

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