Jupiter Artland Visit

For a field trip, we recently visited Jupiter Artland just outside of Edinburgh. At the site, there were many different pieces by very famous artists such as Charles Jencks, Anthony Gromely and Anthony Goldsworthy. In this entry I want to talk about some of my favourite works.

Charles Jencks is a very prominent Landscape Architect who has been commissioned to create many famous pieces all across the world. His piece for Jupiter Artland is one of the standout pieces due to its scale and elegance. You have to drive through it on the road as you can see in the picture and this makes sure that you feel right in the centre of the it with the mounds growing around you.

Jencks’ works often resemble that of life growing and this one is no exception to that rule. The little island in the middle seems to resemble that of a larvae or tadpole showing the growth of life that happens in the water surrounding the island. The hills also seem to be growing out of the Earth and although are clearly man-made, they still look very natural due to their flowing, fluid nature. From above as well the who piece begins to resemble the form of a leaf or something similar again reinforcing the natural side to the work.

The next piece I found interesting was Suck by Anish Kapoor. Kapoor is famous for investigating the theme of ambiguity and the unknown and this one is another very interesting take on this. The piece contains a huge iron cage, inside of which is a concrete hole in the ground of which you cannot see the bottom from any angle as the cage is stopping you.

Now I think this is very effective when looking at the unknown because it sparks an urge within any human to stand taller climb on the cage to try and see although we know that there is most probably nothing at the bottom and doing that would be a worthless activity; yet still we try. This is what great art is about, triggering an emotion or an activity that is not tangible to us in the first place.

The placement of Suck is also very important as it is at the start of the park, demonstrating that it’s not only just the question of the unknown down in the hole, but the unknown that is awaiting us throughout the park and what is yet to come.

The last piece that I thought was interesting was this piece called Firmament by Antony Gormley. The piece depicts a human bent down onto its hands and knees. Gormely is known for his fascination with the human body demonstrated in his other works like The Angel of the North.

This handmade sculpture grew on me quite a lot while visiting it. At first I could not quite make out what the sculpture was supposed to be but as it dawned on me to what it was and I thought that the way it was created, not just an outline, but many interconnecting steels rods was different and eye-capturing.

The position of the piece also is something that made this piece my favourite of the visit. Gormely and Kapoor are great rivals to each other in real life and their relationship is very difficult. Firmament is positioned to that it looks like the man is bending, almost praying directly towards Kapoor’s piece Suck. This is like a very arty screw you and something that I thought brought life and humour to the art, a side we don’t normally see.