In July we went for a walk in a woodland park near Edinburgh, Scotland. The beautiful natural setting is home to a collection of site-specific sculptures created by major artists including Anish Kapoor, Antony Gormley and Ian Hamilton Finlay.
The works are serious, conceptual, and each is sited in contextual relevance to its particular position among the trees. There is a tiny walled cemetery, a 50 foot shotgun leaning on a tree, there are rocks balancing in trees, a group of weeping girls by Laura Ford (one is pictured), a subterranean amethyst-lined cell and a massive earthwork of swirls and mounds. The artists had each developed their proposal for a particular location which they had selected.
In one of the small structures on the site Anya Gallacio has created a work entitled “Stroke”. This is an entire room covered in thick dark chocolate which smells – just the way you would imagine. The walls have been licked and scraped by visitors – the notes tell us “what is beautiful as so often in this artist’s practice , becomes putrid and decayed.” Yum.
One wonderful piece was created by Peter Liversidge for the cafeteria (where our group shared 8 cakes for breakfast!): it was a framed one-sheet typewritten proposal that the artist would write project proposals for the park over a specific time period. The adjacent wall framed these 134 typewritten proposals. Let’s get meta!