AT the weekend I paid my first visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park since “Girdergate”.
For those of you who missed it, the Examiner ran a story last month about a new installation at the West Bretton venue.
Work Number 700 by Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed has been placed outside the beautiful Camelia House.
It’s not a difficult piece to explain: It’s a small I-beam welded to a bigger I-beam which in turn is welded to an even bigger I-beam.
That’s it. That’s the sum of the sculpture.
Last month we ran a picture of Work Number 700 next to a snap of some girders at the Kirklees College building site on Manchester Road and invited readers to spot the difference.
Mr Creed – whose other works include a piece of Blu-Tack stuck to a wall; some boxes stacked on top of each other and a doorstop – divides opinion.
To some he’s a genius, to others he’s a charlatan.
I went to YSP on Sunday to make my mind up. Colne Valley artist Jenny Parkin was kind enough to take this picture of me next to Work Number 700.
There are many wonderful pieces at the park – but the rusting metal spoiling the view of the Camelia House is not one of them.
I don’t know much about art, but I know what’s impressive and Work Number 700 isn’t.
But I also believe there’s no point having an impassioned debate about whether or not Mr Creed’s various works should count as art.
Art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.
My now-departed colleague Kevin Core put it best last month when we were discussing Work Number 700 in the newsroom.
“Of course it’s art,” said the man from the Wirral. “It’s just that it’s bad art.”
Except, this being the newsroom, he used a rather stronger word than “bad”.
Having now seen it myself, I concur with Mr Core’s conclusion.