Scotland, Jupiter and beyond

Sunny Scotland

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.

good morning from a sunny Edinburgh
good morning from a sunny Edinburgh

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!

always a sucker for a vintage ‘Clipper’ Airstream caravan
always a sucker for a vintage ‘Clipper’ Airstream caravan

Awesome Airstream

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!

nailed it – door sculpture at Jupiter Artland cafe
nailed it – door sculpture at Jupiter Artland cafe

Jupiter Artland

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!

Life Mounds terraced earthworks by Charles Jencks
Life Mounds terraced earthworks by Charles Jencks

Landscape Art

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!

Life Mounds terraced earthworks by Charles Jencks
Life Mounds terraced earthworks by Charles Jencks

Art everywhere

Plenty of art inspired Architectural details to be seen on display…

cool design for the tin roof gallery
cool design for the tin roof gallery

…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!

a Forest – tessellated colourful reflective chrome panels by Jim Lambie
a Forest – tessellated colourful reflective chrome panels by Jim Lambie

Art exploration

Good job the tour comes with a map so you can explore at your own pace

‘only collect’ – Lorna on top of Ian Hamiltons Northumbrian limestone arched bridge
‘only collect’ – Lorna on top of Ian Hamilton’s Northumbrian limestone arched bridge

Emotive sculptures

We both loved the five Weeping Girls sculpture by Laura Wood, they were really captivating…

Weeping Girls by Laura Wood
Weeping Girls by Laura Wood

haunting…

Weeping Girls by Laura Wood
Weeping Girls by Laura Wood

provocative…

Weeping Girls by Laura Wood
Weeping Girls by Laura Wood

and utterly mesmerising – really loved them!

Landscape with gun and tree by Cornella Parker
Landscape with gun and tree by Cornella Parker

Distorted scales

Artwork of various scales. From the oversized gun in the trees, through to the intricate details of this knitted circular web.

over here – 4m circular web knitted by Shane Waltener
over here – 4m circular web knitted by Shane Waltener

The various pieces can be experienced from different distances in different ways. Each with differing levels of intricate details!

over here – 4m circular web knitted by Shane Waltener
over here – 4m circular web knitted by Shane Waltener

Soundscape experience

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!

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