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'Out of the Earth'

Since 1995, two red-painted metal figures have guarded the entrance to the Northern Ballet.  


As visitors to Leeds reach the edges of the city center there’s a council site at Quarry Hill, which also houses the Northern Ballet, one of the country’s foremost theatre companies. 

Guarding the entrance to the site are two metal-painted figures, partially emerging from two huge columns of Woodkirk Yorkstone that tower above as visitors approach.

London artist Ray Smith created the two sculptures in 1995 after receiving a commission from Leeds City Council. 

Know Before You Go

The sculptures are situated a short walk from the bus station and can be found at the entrance to the Quarry Hill Site. There is limited parking there and some street parking within a short distance. 

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