Jupiter Artland, which reopens for the summer this weekend, is a sculpture park and outdoor art gallery. It is about a half hour drive from the centre of Edinburgh. Even for a city as cultural as Edinburgh, Jupiter Artland is arguably one of the area’s greatest cultural assets. With artwork peppered across 80 acres of ground, you could easily explore for several hours.
Someone once described Jupiter Artland to me as being like Teletubbyland. I hadn’t made the connection before, but it has been difficult for me to shake the association since. Not that it’s a bad one. The surrealism of Teletubbies actually matches the vibe of Jupiter Artland.
The connection comes from the life mounds of Charles Jencks that dominate the entrance to the park. Edinburgh residents will be familiar with the similar work outside the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
Indeed, you must drive through them, picking your way precariously around the associated lakes, before reaching the car park. It is the perfect start to an extraordinary outdoor art experience.
There is an eclectic range of artwork on display throughout the varied landscape. In a wooded area you come across Laura Ford’s Weeping Girls.
Despite the melancholic nature of the sculptures, there is something about the outdoor location that makes it irresistible to be playful with them.
Shane Waltener’s Over Here, an incredible web held up by trees, frames the Lothian landscape.
Protected by conspicuous barbed wire and a warning that “this artwork is being monitored under surveillance”, the Light Pours Out of Me by Anya Gallaccio does not appear inviting at first glance. But venture down the narrow stairway and you will find yourself entering a sparkling outdoor room of amethyst.
Alex coordinated well with it!
In a boathouse perched above a lake, Rivers by Tania Kovats houses 100 bottles, each containing the water of a different river in the British Isles.
My personal favourite is Anish Kapoor’s Suck. A 17 foot square cage keeps visitors out of this apparently never-ending concrete void.
Jupiter Artland will be open from this weekend until September. If you are near the area, I would recommend you take a visit for some great, fun artwork.