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Anthony Caro: Promenade

Lower Park

Promenade, 1996 was created for the Tuileries Gardens in Paris and takes its name from the historical fashion for walking in public places to meet, or be seen by, others. The shape of this sculpture further develops the theme as it suggests the rhythm and movements of walking.

Although perfectly suited to the Bretton Estate, Caro had reservations about putting his sculpture in natural surroundings, believing ‘all landscape is difficult, YSP can be a difficult space because it is big and demanding’. However, he felt that Promenade worked particularly well on the Lakeside site; one of the few flat areas of YSP. Caro’s work overcomes the issues of size in the landscape because he works to true scale, instead of scaling up from models.