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Site Specific Installation

Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Anya Gallaccio

2012

Site Specific Installation

Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Anya Gallaccio

2012

EDINBURGH.- Jupiter Artland announced newly commissioned installations by artists Anya Gallaccio, Andy Goldsworthy and Tania Kovats. The 100-acre Jupiter Artland sees three spectacular site-specific commissions; Anya Gallaccio’s underground amethyst folly, Andy Goldsworthy’s challenging Coppice Room and Tania Kovats’ delicately presented Rivers. The site for each new work has been chosen by the artist and reflects Jupiter Artland’s commitment to commissioning new work by leading international artists.

 

Currently living in Southern California, USA, Anya Gallaccio has returned to Scotland and her roots to install a contemporary amethyst folly in the grounds of Jupiter Artland. Light Shines Out of Me consists of a three-square-metre underground chamber entirely clad in amethyst crystals mined in Brazil and surrounded by a field of obsidian volcanic glass, collected by the artist in the northwestern United States. Accessed by a narrow corridor, visitors reach a place of rest and meditation and of disturbance. Although historically follies were constructed purely for decoration rather than function, Gallaccio’s work engages the artist and viewer with natural, organic materials in a way that challenges perception and form and continues to articulate Gallaccio’s process that wholly connects her work with the history and feel of the site. The chamber offers rich formal and conceptual paradoxes: an excavation of a Scottish landscape reveals a miraculous geode which is part folly, part natural wonder. This ambitious work complements Red on Green, a fragile and decayed prelude that opened earlier this summer and that sees 10,000 red roses laid in a field upon the gallery floor. 

 

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