The Seated Man

The Seated Man is a 3m high, bronze sculpture situated on the North York Moors, near Westerdale. Apparently it is the first public sculpture to be placed in the North York Moors National Park and it will be resident there for 5 years. It was made by Sean Henry who is a Hampshire based artist with his work displayed all across Europe.  I'm not sure how The Seated Man was deemed a good fit for the North York Moors but he is now installed and attracting a lot of attention.

There has been a lot of controversy about the statue as it is very large and considered to be very intrusive in a fabulous natural environment.  There is also a lot of concern that the statue will be allowed to stay beyond it's planned 5 years.

On the positive side the statue is not visible from the main Hutton le Hole to Castleton Road and can only be seen from the very minor road running to the west of Castleton Rigg.  People have to get out of their cars and walk to the summit of the rigg to reach the statue where they are also able to admire the views across Westerdale.  This view would be lost to most without the lure of the statue so in that respect I think it will be a success.  There were certainly lots of people walking up the moor when I was there trying to take photos.

I think that the best place to park is about 300 yards north of the minor road leading around Castleton Rigg although there is only spactv te for a couple of cars there.  There is more parking about half a mile further up the road.

More North York Moor Photos available