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Garden Gallery: 8 to 13

8: Matt Cook - Portobello Sound Map

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Matt Cook, hosted Jenny Kinsley @ Regent Street

Brought together in a performance in two parts, Matt’s sound map of Portobello explores the area and noises within the Garden Gallery. With an interest in different rhythmic patterns and how they interact, Matt’s work with sound aims to find these structures, pin them down and locate their mundane beauty.

Ceramic work by the host Jenny Kinsley will also be on display

Title of work - Portobello Sound Map

Portobello Sound Map is a project to create a map of the ambient soundscape particular to Portobello upon the garden of one of its residents. Matt Cook will spend a day in Portobello recording sounds and talking to local residents about what sounds might be found. Matt will bring the sounds he has recorded together for a short performance incorporating a variety of sound makers, during which he will attempt to use the geography of the garden to create a sonic map of the district.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 August 2008 17:52

9: Kenny Munro - Hunting for Diana

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ImageKenny Munro, hosted by Maggie Le May @ Regent Street

This is an historic work from a previous collaboration with artists Jim Munro and David Wilkinson.

Title of work - Hunting for Diana

Creating sculpture is often considered a solitary affair! - but often as not it is a collaboration involving many folk; a team effort. Many of my projects over the years have required such combined enterprise. Whether working with a bronze foundry, a landscape artist or for that matter running a project as part of an educational opportunity to help raise awareness. In fact I would argue that the process of creating the sculpture can be as significant as the end product. That view has inspired my use of video with projects in Australia and in Bengal. (2000 ~ 2005)

The sculpture proposed for Portobello expresses another kind of collaboration which links to the restoration of a historic figure of Diana the Huntress in the Gardens of Blair Atholl Estate. The original figure circa 19c was struck by a falling tree and was transformed into a ‘Venus de Milo of the North’! (Sadly she lost her head as well) and remained like that for over 50 years. The restoration of the figure involved my father Jim (1925-1990) whose expertise enabled a version of the head, as displayed, to be grafted onto the torso at Blair Atholl back in the 1980’s.

The pillar, which supports the head at Portobello, is also significant as it, relates to another collaboration. Around the same period I worked with David Wilkinson who created a series of murals and sculpture bollards for Leith and this is a cast from one of his sculpture pillars.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 November 2011 21:21

10: Emma Herman-Smith - Plastic Forever

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ImageEmma Herman-Smith, hosted by the McKechnies @ Regent Street

Environmental issues are at the core of Emma’s work mainly our inability to look after the small stuff, the flowers and the bees. Emma believes this is indicative of our level of regard towards the more conspicuous elements around us. The final work will be constructed from recycled roofing plastic, cut, carved and decorated. It will spell out the phrase ‘plastic forever’. Another work of Emma’s has also been selected for the ‘Power of Three’ public art commission and will be on display on the Promenade, work no 2.

Title of work - Plastic Forever

Largely self-explanatory with just enough subtlety to encourage a double take.  The piece emerged from 2 lengths of roofing plastic that were to be skipped.  Keen to put them to some use I discovered that the material actually lent itself well to cutting and carving.  So it becomes a reminder that while some things are by their nature transient, others way outlive their expected use.  This is not always a good thing.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 November 2011 21:22

12: Amy Copeman - Fruits

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Amy Copeman, Hosted by Kim Johnston Dressmaking @ Regent Street

Primarily working as a photographer Amy has an interest in social and environmental issues. For the Garden Gallery Amy will be hanging images of global transport incorporated into the form of exotic out of season fruits. Amy’s work has also been selected for the ‘Power of Three’ public art commission and will be on display on the Promenade, work no 3.

Title of work - Fruits

This piece represents the fragile state of the planet on which we live. The fruits represent different ways in which we are destroying its nature cycles and what will happen as a result. The native fruits to the UK with the planes printed on represent the importation of fruit we can find here within the UK, the tropical fruit show the non native fruits which we will soon be able to grow here in the UK as the temperature continues to rise.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 November 2011 21:22

13: Louise Fraser - Hypothesis 1

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Hypothesis 1, by Louise Fraser (photo courtesy Angela)Louise Fraser, hosted by Stephen Gray & Jane Innes @ Marlborough Street

As an artist Louise is interested in her response to the environment she inhabits. Her work is about my visual obsessions, finding ways of translating the idea of architecture, nature and the process of change.

Title of work - Hypothesis 1

Hypothesis 1 is an experiment in colour, structure and change. The work pulls together strong influences that weave through my art practice, the idea of architecture, of nature, the process of change and the narrative within this.

Hypothesis 1 begins as a recognisable architectural idea the ‘column’, created from a set of clear acrylic tubes filled with bright coloured liquids. These are then drilled into the ground and held in place by the earth around them. From this point on the artwork takes on it’s own narrative, reacting to the environment, to nature and to the viewer. All these relationships change the work creating a new structure.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 November 2011 21:23

11: Arran Ross

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Image11 - Arran Ross, hosted by Harriet & Alsdair Eadie @ Regent Street

Working in painting and sculpture Arran’s iconic figures of spacemen and warriors have recently featured in the Leith festival. For the exhibition Arran will be placing a small figure in a formal garden.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 November 2011 21:22

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Big Things on the Beach is a public art trust in Portobello, a seaside suburb close to the city centre of Edinburgh, Scotland. It was formed by a group of residents in 2003 to explore the potential of the seafront as a site for engagement with public artworks by both emerging and established artists.

Since 2004 we have commissioned artists to create substantial temporary artworks, trained ourselves and others in the process of commissioning public artworks through international site visits and guest lectures and successfully raised funding to these ends.

Our current project - The Big Welcome - is supported by Creative Scotland, Portobello & Craigmillar Neighbourhood Partnership and Edinburgh City Libraries