Thankyou berry much! Huge fruit sculpture lands back at Sculpture Park - picture gallery
Dec 18 2010 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
‘Alien’ invasion at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
IT looks like the start an alien invasion.
But this giant “pod”, landing at the snowbound Yorkshire Sculpture Park, is not the work of extraterrestrials.
The presence of the giant, pineapple-shaped object has a much more earthly explanation.
Fructus, as it is called, is the work of British sculptor Peter Randall Page.
The sculpture made its return to the West Bretton park yesterday after being loaned out to an exhibition in Italy.
And it was a delicate operation.
A team of Sculpture Park staff were on hand when the lorry arrived in the snow yesterday.
A giant crane was used to hoist the carefully-wrapped sculpture into place and it was inched into position near the Park’s Camellia House.
No wonder they were careful. The piece weighs more than 14 tonnes and is worth many thousands of pounds.
Page crafted it and a second piece, called Corpus, from giant pieces of Kilkenny limestone.
He spent hundreds of hours carving and polishing the stone.
It was commissioned by the Park for a one-man exhibition by Page back in 2009 and will now be on show until June 2011.