Woke up to a beautiful sunny morning in Edinburgh, so far the Scottish weather has challenged the stereotype, it’s been great thus far for us! 🙂 One of the reasons we wanted to come to Scotland was to visit Jupiter Artland, a contemporary collection of artwork displayed in a beautiful outdoor setting.
One night stay
We wanted to spend a fair amount of time here, so decided to stay as near as possible rather than waste time travelling to it. As such, we grabbed a last-minute deal on booking.com and had a bit of hotel ‘luxury’ for our night in Edinburgh, well by luxury, I mean a toilet and shower!
It was worth making the early start and not spending time on the road to get here. We grabbed a coffee and a snack to keep us going. When we arrived, I could not resist trying out the vintage Airstream Cafe before the place got too busy!
Easy to see why this was shortlisted as the museum of the year 2016, so much to see and all set in magnificent grounds and woodlands!
In fact, some of the pieces such as ‘Life Mounds’ by Charles Jencks were the landscape itself! With Art you could walk in and on, that would change over time, had seasons and could be cut with a mower!
Plenty of art inspired Architectural details to be seen on display…
…plus lots of hidden away art waiting to be discovered, forget Pokémon GO, this is far more captivating searching out and finding hidden art treasures around the grounds!
Good job the tour comes with a map so you can explore at your own pace
We both loved the five Weeping Girls sculpture by Laura Wood, they were really captivating…
and utterly mesmerising – really loved them!
Artwork of various scales. From the oversized gun in the trees, through to the intricate details of this knitted circular web.
The various pieces can be experienced from different distances in different ways. Each with differing levels of intricate details!
We also really loved this piece called ‘Animitas’ by the renowned French artist Christian Boltanski. The work is comprised of hundreds of small Japanese bells attached to long stems planted in the ground. The bells chiming to the wind let out the ‘music of the souls’. Each bell will be placed on the island within the Duck Pond to reproduce the map of the stars on the night the artist was born, 6th September 1944.
A must-visit art experience
There was so much to see and do (more images are posted on my instagram or Lornas instagram accounts if you want to have a look or follow…), but all in all, we had a fantastic time at Jupiter Artland – highly recommended place to visit!