CULTURE secretary Tessa Jowell visited Yorkshire Sculpture Park to mark the park's 30th anniversary.
The Minister toured the 500 acre outdoor gallery at Bretton, which has become a leading international centre for modern sculpture.
She was greeted by blue skies and glorious sunshine for the tour.
Ms Jowell met artist Andy Goldsworthy for a preview of his exhibition which opens on March 31.
The Goldsworthy exhibition is the largest and most ambitious project ever staged at the Park.
It will include specially-commissioned permanent outdoor works in stone, wood and clay.
Some will be housed in the Underground Gallery and others around the estate.
The minister also toured the award-winning visitor centre.
The park was shortlisted in the prestigious Gulbenkian Museum of the Year prize last year.
The Government provides much of the funding for the park, cash which has enabled it to develop over the past three decades.