Pulling A Rabbit Out Of The Hat

And a bull as well.

I live in the northwest of England and thanks to a comprehensive road and rail network I can travel around a great part of it very easily.  The rabbit image was taken in Bradford in West Yorkshire, one of the cities whose wealth was built on the wool trade.  One of the benefits of this trade was the building of galleries and museums by the mill owners, such as the Cartwright Hall Gallery in the background of the photograph. This is sited in Lister Park, itself a gift to Bradford from wool magnates. To today’s tastes the buildings may seem out of date but I have a personal liking for them and all their late Victorian/Edwardian wedding cake architecture, the bandstand in the park has the names of famous composers inscribed around its sides and statues to local worthies dot the gardens and pathways. A more recent addition has been a garden in the Moghul style in recognition of the diversity of the cities population. 

03/05/14 YORKSHIRE. Bradford. Lister Park.

YORKSHIRE. Bradford. Lister Park. Bull sculpture outside the Cartwright Hall Gallery. The Cartwright Gallery is Bradford’s municipal gallery.

For all their Victorian beginnings these places aren’t frozen in time, their well manicured grounds and lofty halls are perfect settings for more modern installations. As shown by the bull and rabbit.  They added an Alice In Wonderland touch to the park, framing as they did  the main driveway up to the Gallery. as well as the permanent displays there is a program of visiting exhibitions.

Cartwright Hall info

 

 

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