If you’re a contemporary art lover, or just interested in visiting one of Edinburgh’s lesser known attractions, then check out Jupiter Artland. This is a stunning outdoor sculpture park, located in the grounds of an old manor house, outside the city centre.
You can explore a range of contemporary sculpture pieces in the park, which is a privately owned collection, organised by the owners of Bonnington House. They invited artists to take part in the project, to fill the grounds with sculptures, and each piece was specifically designed to fit in to the landscape of the park.
Although maps are available, there is no set route, and you are encouraged to roam the park on your own, as the emphasis is on self discovery and exploration.
There are dozens of sculptures to discover around the park, with something new around every corner. Note the cellular structures that inspired ‘Cells of Life’ by Charles Jencks, a series of undulating hills and lakes. Listen to the tiny Japanese bells tinkling in ‘Animatis’ by Christian Boltanski, arranged to replicate a map of the stars.
Wander through ‘The Rose Walk’ by Pablo Bronstein, with one Gothic and one Chinoiserie pavilion at either end, where live performances take place. Gaze in wonder at ‘Love Bomb’ by Marc Quinn, a 12m high orchid sculpture, designed to emulate the beautiful and monstrous sides of human desire.
If you’re interested in bringing a school, university, or community group to visit, then Jupiter Artland is well equipped! They are a strong promoter of education, providing these visits for free, and offering many learning resources to go with your visit.
You can also enjoy one of their special talks, tours, workshops, exhibitions, or live performances, details of which can be found on their website.
Daily from aprox. May-Sep, 10am-5pm
Remember to check their website.
Cerrado de octubre a mayo.
£4.50 students & children (5-16 years)
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