The Seated Man, Castleton Rigg. Looking out over the heather in Westerdale.

The Seated Man, Castleton Rigg

The Seated Man, Castleton Rigg, Sunday 13th August.

A three metre high statue of a Seated Man has appeared in one of the most dramatic locations on the North York Moors. Rumours abound that it looked like an exiled Jeremy Corbyn sent to the moors to reflect; I knew I had to check it out. With the summer heather season in full swing, it is definitely the best time of year and little excuse is needed to get out into the North York Moors right now!

The painted bronze statue was created by artist Sean Henry and commissioned by the David Ross Foundation. David Ross is the co-founder of the UK company Carphonewarehouse and owns the land the statue stands on at Castleton Rigg in Westerdale.

The Seated Man was put up in June 2017, and is so far proving to be a big draw for tourists and visitors prepared to hike the half a mile from the nearest road to see it.  The figure gazes out over Westerdale contemplating the landscape and is due to remain in place for five years.

Sean describes the artwork as “The tension between the making and staging of figures that seem to belong to the real world and the degree to which they echo our experiences & sympathies.”

 

The Seated Man, Castleton Rigg, Westerdale. AKA Jeremy Corbyn.
The Seated Man, Castleton Rigg, Westerdale. AKA Jeremy Corbyn.

 

 

The Shots

 

The view of Danby Dale from the Castleton to Hutton-le-Hole road in the North York Moors.
The view of Danby Dale from the Castleton to Hutton-le-Hole road in the North York Moors.

 

The Seated Man, Castleton Rigg. Looking out over the heather in Westerdale.
The Seated Man, Castleton Rigg. Looking out over the heather in Westerdale.

 

 

The Location

The Seated Man is on top of Castleton Rigg above Westerdale, it is visible from the road out of Castleton towards Hutton-le-Hole.

There’s some limited (free) parking on the roadside and a 0.5 mile walk uphill over some reasonably rough but not insurmountable moorland terrain to get to the top.

 

 

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The Seated Man. I think the day’s sun got to me, by the time I had climbed to the top of Castleton Rigg in Westerdale I thought the statue looks just like an exhiled Jeremy Corbyn. Commissioned by David Ross foundation, sculpture by artist Sean Henry. Sean describes his work as “The tension between the making and staging of figures that seem to belong to the real world and the degree to which they echo our experiences & sympathies.” #landscape #Northyorkshire #northyorkmoors #landscapehunter #canon #heather #summer #august #yorkshire #york #landscapephotography #togs #ig #igers #insta #instagram #igdaily #instagood #England #uk #scenicbritain #visitbritain #OMGB #visityorkshire #beautiful #nature #art #corbyn

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