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Walk of Art 2

Be one of only 10,000 people to feature on Walk of Art 2, our stunning new artwork by Gordon Young and Why Not Associates.

For any enquiries or to request a call back please contact support@ysp.org.uk and we will respond as soon as we are able. 

The next batch of Walk of Art 2 plates have now been sent to the foundry, if you placed your order on or before 31st August 2021 your name will be included in this batch. It takes approximately 12 weeks for the plates to be cast, transported and installed at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, we currently expect installation to be completed this Winter. 

Take this unique opportunity to ‘Be a Part of Art’ by placing your name, family name or that of someone special in celebration or remembrance on Walk of Art 2. This wonderful, lasting dedication will be seen and enjoyed at YSP for years to come. Forming an extraordinary walkway leading to The Weston* – our new visitor centre and gallery – Walk of Art 2 is your chance to be a permanent part of the fabric of YSP.

Gordon Young, the leading UK artist behind Walk of Art 2, is renowned for his public art projects that often use words, phrases and names using eye-catching typography. His much-loved artworks bring people and places together, such projects include; The Comedy Carpet in Blackpool, Singing Stone at the University of York, and Cursing Stone in Carlisle. Why Not Associates, who regularly collaborate with Gordon, are award-winning graphic designers, internationally acclaimed for their innovative creativity.

By setting your names into Walk of Art 2 you are marking a moment in time, becoming a permanent feature on this striking piece of public art and helping to secure our future by raising vital funds. YSP’s work includes bringing internationally-renowned art to Yorkshire for everyone to enjoy, engaging with 40,000 children a year through our inspiring learning programmes and managing our beautiful 500-acre landscape.

Walk of Art 2 is formed of cast iron plates and builds on the original and immensely popular steel, laser-cut Walk of Art created at YSP main entrance in 2002. A total of 10,000 names, set across 200 plates**, are needed to complete this ambitious art project. Don’t miss your chance to be one of those names!

Walk of Art 2 continues to grow in phases, with the first 51 plates already cast and in place at YSP and the next 24 plates with the foundry for casting. We expect these plates to be installed this Winter.
It’s not too late to be part of the next phase of Walk of Art 2 which we anticipate will be sent to the foundry in Autumn / Winter 2022. Any orders received after 31st August 2021 will be included in the 2022 batch of Walk of Art 2 plates. 
We are relying on you as fans of YSP to become a part of art – spreading the word to friends and family would really help! See our architectural plan which shows where we are now and where we want to be. 

Put your name on Walk of Art 2 now.

If you would like to place an order including different family names or a middle name please email your contact details to support@ysp.org.uk and we will be in touch. 

£125 per name
£175 for a family name
£450 for four names
£5 for a Walk of Art 2 certificate

Please use these examples when calculating your names:
Michael Cook = 1 name, costs £125
Michael & Ayesha Cook = 2 names, costs £250
Michael, Ayesha & Connor Cook = 3 names, costs £375
Michael, Ayesha, Connor & Suki Cook = 4 names, costs £450 (discounted from £500)
The Cook Family = 1 family name, costs £175

YSP Friends and Patrons are entitled to a 10% discount. Click here to join YSP Friends, from just £25 a year.

YSP is a registered charity, you can see more here about how we are funded. 

NB: Unfortunately, we don't accept group, club or company names on the Walk of Art 2. If you represent a group, club or company please get in touch to find out about partnerships. 
*The Weston, designed by architects Feilden Fowles was shortlisted for the 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize.
** Please be aware timescales are driven by demand and therefore we cannot give a definite date for production. It will take approximately 12 weeks for the plates to be created and installed once sent to the foundry – we’ll let you know when your name is on Walk of Art 2 with your plate number.
*** The second batch of plates was filled in August 2020 and installed in November 2020. The third batch of plates was sent to the foundry in October 2021 and we anticipate will be installed January 2022. We are now taking orders for the fourth batch of plates which we anticipate will be sent to the foundry in Autumn / Winter 2022, any orders received after 31st August 2021 will be included in the fourth batch.  

We have been touched by the heartfelt testimonials of people who have made dedications to loved ones, family members and friends. We've shared some of their stories below.

"My family used to live in Darton and growing up, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park was a big part of our lives. We spent many weekends as kids exploring the sculptures, checking out the bugs in the pond, playing poohsticks on the bridge, sledging in the country park, bike rides to the park and hanging out there with friends when we got older. Many, many happy memories. 

I now live in America and my sister lives in the Midlands, but a few years ago I was able to get back and brought my son to visit. It was wonderful to make new memories there with him.

I’m very glad we can continue to support YSP, I’m looking forward to surprising my sister with the gift of this donation and I hope to get back again once the pandemic is over to visit with her and her family and see our family names on the Walk of Art 2. I really wish it was on our doorstep still!" 

Ruth Townsend

"I ordered the name of my godchild Charlotte Marie Hirst to be on the YSP Walk of art 2. Here’s a little snippet why...
I’ve lived in Yorkshire all my life and have fond memories of the YSP in every season, covered in mud, trudging through snow, catching leaves. For me it symbolised adventure and somewhere I could explore and relax to my heart’s content.
​When I was born, my mum put our names on the Walk of Art 1, and it gave me a real sense of belonging, that a part of us paved the way into this wonderful world.
Now I’m an adult, I want the same thing for my godchild, Charlotte. I hope that she comes to love the YSP just as much as me, and believe her engraved name will come to embody all the lovely memories we create together in years to come."

Jessie Meyer

We filmed the test cast of one of the name plates at Fowler & Holden in Grimsby. Below, Nick Kitchen talks about the process of casting.