Cannon Hall Museum, Park and Gardens is marking Yorkshire Day with a spectacular piece of land art that combines Yorkshire pride, social distancing and its outstanding collections.
The piece, which has been created by artists from the Landmark Collective, has established mini picnic pods in the parklands for visitors to use at a safe distance of two metres.
At the heart of the artwork is the iconic symbol of Yorkshire, the white rose.
Surrounding it are shapes inspired by objects in the museum’s ceramics collection.
The collection has recently been redisplayed as part of the museum’s ‘Cracking Ceramics!’ project, made possible through support from the Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund via the Museums Association.
Launched as part of the county’s Yorkshire day celebrations today (Saturday), it is hoped that the artwork will encourage people to visit the beautiful outside spaces of one of Barnsley’s best loved visitor attractions in a safe and responsible manner.
The stunning historic parkland is nearing the end of a four-year restoration project ‘Parks for People’, which will see the landscapes returned to their former Georgian splendour.
It includes new accessible pathways, a children’s discovery area, improvements to the walled gardens and will see rowing boats returned to the lake.
Alongside this, Barnsley Museums will be hosting a whole host of digital activities to celebrate Yorkshire Day which will include a Yorkshire pudding competition and a Barnsley digital jigsaw.
Coun Tim Cheetham, cabinet spokesperson for place (regeneration and culture) at Barnley Borough Council said: “Cannon Hall park and gardens is proud to be one of Yorkshire’s most beautiful spots and they get hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the county each year.
"The parklands have been vital for people during the pandemic as a place to relax, reflect and unwind and we want to make sure they are a safe space for everyone to enjoy.
"The land art is just one way they will be doing this and Yorkshire Day is the perfect time to launch it.”
James Brunt, from Landmark Collective, added: “It is wonderful to be creating artwork once again after a difficult few months and even more so on such a brilliant project.
"Cannon Hall is such a special place and a real jewel in the Yorkshire landscape, so it is the ideal location to celebrate our magnificent county.
"We hope that the artwork will really shine a spotlight on the parklands but also encourage people to visit in a safe and responsible way.”