Animal Instincts

Animals and beasts – both real and imaginary – have always fascinated artists. Even some of the oldest known cave paintings show pigs, horses and buffaloes. Today, animals inspire artists in all kinds of ways. It could be the colours and patterns of wildlife that attract them, or the myths and stories of a certain animal. Some artists explore the mystery, power or vulnerability of nature. Others invent their own fantastical beings.

Imagined animals can also be found amongst Daniel Arsham's bronze sculptures in the Formal Gardens.

Encounter creatures and critters at YSP with your family, with this guide to animal art outdoors. What do these sculptures make you think about your own connection to the natural world?