Jeana and I went to perhaps the most remarkable exhibition space in Scotland today. It’s a forest on an estate at Wilkieston, between Edinburgh and Livingston on the Calder Road.
Artists of international repute are represented, with works that take nature as their theme.
You may have seen Charles Jencks’ Life Mounds at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Belford Road. That was a mere starter for 10. The mounds here are significantly more detailed and four times the size. Antony Gormley, Nathan Coley (whose In Memory is nothing short of stunning), Ian Hamilton Finlay, Jim Lambie, Andy Goldsworthy (whose Stone House is breathtaking), and Laura Ford all impress.
Laura Ford’s exhibits, called Weeping Girls, is my pick of the bunch; like walking onto the set of The Ring, these macabre, faceless Bronze girls beguil and intrigue. It is truly unique and possibly the most affecting piece of art I have ever seen.
I simply cannot find enough superlatives to review Jupiter Artland.
It fucking rocks.
And fucking rolls.
The cafe, run by Circle cafe at Canonmills is the best I’ve ever been at. Great food. Great value. Great Airstream.