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Jupiter Artland in Edinburgh unveils exciting line up of three artist commissions for 2012
Tania Kovats’ Rivers, a major new installation sited along the banks of the lake at Jupiter.

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.

Andy Goldsworthy’s fourth and final piece at Jupiter sees a remarkable work that not only encompasses but engulfs the visitor and further builds upon the three previous commissions executed on site by the artist. Coppice Room is powerfully claustrophobic and bravery is required to step further into the work. The participant looks back to the outside world, the small opening framing the light as a beacon; a thread to be followed to safety. The work forces the visitor to encounter the unexpected and to enter not just a dense wooden structure but what feels like a tree itself.

Jupiter Artland also announced Tania Kovats’ Rivers, a major new installation sited along the banks of the lake at Jupiter which is on view during Edinburgh Art Festival. One hundred specimens of water from one hundred rivers around the British Isles have been collected, distilled into 100 sealed museum-quality jars and stored inside a new boathouse. Each sample of water holds the memories of time, place and events, preserving them forever. The collection prompts us to consider the landscapes that we hold in our memories and preserve in our psyche.

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