Foundation Myths

19th Aug 2016 - 19th Aug 2017

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Foundation Myths is a new commission by Ordinary Architecture, an art, architecture and design practice with an international profile.

The installation, produced especially for the Artists Garden at the back of York Art Gallery, draws on the rich history of the site and its many uses over the centuries.

Ordinary Architecture have created 10 bright yellow ceramic tree trunks varying in height which will be positioned in parallel rows. The forms are inspired by the persistent myth that architecture evolves directly from nature and refers to the area’s former use as an orchard as well as the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey within the abbey precinct.

This is the first work to be shown in the Artists Garden which is part of a new two acres of space recently opened to the public.

York Art Gallery

York Art Gallery
Exhibition Square

Opening hours

Mon to Sat: 10am – 5pm

Sun: 11am – 4pm

Closed 25, 26 December and 1 January.



12 months unlimited access to all York Museums Trust attractions – York Art Gallery, York Castle Museum and the Yorkshire Museum.

YMT Card: £22

Day Tickets

Adult: £7.50*

Child 16 and under: FREE with a paying adult**

Access Tickets

Access YMT Card: £11 (12 months unlimited access to all York Museums Trust’s attractions)***

Access Day ticket: £4***

* Includes a 10% ‘Gift Aid’ donation, a visitor not wishing to donate, the admission fee will be £6.82.

** Maximum of 4 children per adult.

Additional children will be charged at £4 per child.

*** Access tickets: up to 50% discount for visitors aged 17-24 or in receipt of Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance, Income–based Job seeker’s Allowance, Pension Credit or Income Support. Evidence may be required.

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