Monday, 3 May 2010

Jupiter Artland

Our first visit to Jupiter Artland was on Sunday 21 June 2009 during the 'Midsummer Snowstorm.'

After typing and submitting 134 proposals from 'the sublime to the ridiculous,' the artist Peter Liversidge turned the entrance of Jupiter Artland into a Winter Wonderland.

Situated a few miles east of Edinburgh, Jupiter Artland is an outdoor sculpture garden located in the 80 acres of ancient woodland grounds of Bonnington House.

Works by many leading artists have been commissioned and then constructed in situ, with the relationship of each artwork to its topographical location being a crucial feature.

Life Mounds by Charles Jencks and Love Bomb by Marc Quinn

Firmament by Antony Gormley

And these Weeping Girls by Laura Ford hiding in the trees are just some of the sculptures to be seen as you walk around.

The collection includes pieces by many other artists including Anish Kapoor, Alec Finlay and several works by Andy Goldsworthy and Ian Hamilton Finlay. When Jupiter Artland opens its gates again on 14th May 2010, 3 new permanent and 2 temporary commissions will also have been installed.

As well as an ongoing Education Programme with local schools, Jupiter Artland also has several events and art classes for both adults and children (my children loved their class). And a good cup of coffee and a sandwich can be bought from the 'Buck Rogers style 1952 Silver Streak Clipper' and enjoyed, depending on the weather, sitting outside in the beautiful surroundings or indoors in front of the fire with Peter Liversidge's 134 framed proposals on the wall for entertaining reading material.

I could fill weeks worth of posts just talking about Jupiter Artland, its surroundings and each of its sculptures. It is a wonderful place and we look forward to it re-opening.

(All images and information via Jupiter Artland website)


  1. The image of the weeping girls, plus the diversity of unusual sculptures and sculptured must be a real treat to see! Thanks for the wonderful introduction!

  2. Dawn, it is a great place to wander and the Weeping Girls are one of my favourites. However, lucky to have the place to myself one day, I went straight to see Andy Goldsworthy's Stone House and the Weeping Girls - I was so spooked by it all that I ended up sitting in the cafe for two hours on my own waiting for my kids to finish their art class.



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