Jupiter Artland 2Saturday, August 06, 2011
Some more photos from my trip to Jupiter Artland last month...
I love sculpture, I find form really interesting, but to be perfectly honest, these statues of girls give me the heebie jeebies really badly. I wasn't expecting them so to suddenly spot them in the middle of all the trees was definitely a fright. Of course that only means that the artist, Laura Ford, picked the perfect spot. Even on a sunny day it was so atmospheric and, well, creepy, there is no other word for it.
This piece of work was so incredibly difficult to photograph well, due to the direction of the sunlight when we were there it took me forever to catch it properly. I'm so glad I went to the effort though, only a week after we went vandals broke into the grounds and destroyed it (here's a link to the newspaper report on it). I don't have any idea why anyone would want to destroy it, but I'm so glad I got to see it before it was. I love the way this piece, made with a traditionally 'craft' skill managed transcended to become 'art' instead. The effect seeing it in person was amazing.
The festival in Edinburgh officially kicks off this weekend, although you wouldn't know it based on how busy the centre of town is. It is amazingly busy at the moment, and I already have a healthy collection of flyers from various people. I'm going to walk up the Royal Mile on my way into town today, yesterday John Malkovich was handing out flyers for his play 'A Celebration of Howard Pinter' and I would absolutely adore to see him.