Corner of Yorkshire: The ‘Bigger Trees near Warter’

Who’d have thought, a couple of years ago, that a nice but seemingly unexceptional coppice of trees in the East Yorkshire countryside would be both the subject of an artwork acclaimed worldwide and also a minor tourist attraction? That we even know about them is, of course, down to David Hockney.

After Hockney made several paintings of the trees (which are about two miles from Warter) during early 2007, he then used 50 panels to create a massive single image called Bigger Trees Near Warter or ou Peinture en Plein Air pour l’age Post-Photographique, which was displayed in the Royal Academy later that year.

Interest in the site of the trees began to grow and, despite initially only a few locals knowing the exact location, photos of the trees began to appear on the internet and now a quick Google Maps search enables tourists to find the spot with ease. Getting a snap that captures as much of them as Hockney’s painting, however, is much more difficult.

The trees themselves, incidentally, are Sycamores.

Dave Lee

High res j-pegs here:  http://bit.ly/GKeHvU

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