Environmental Art Festival Scotland unveils Star of Caledonia and Scottish border films

By Culture24 Reporter | 30 August 2013

Hanging beneath the motorway bridge which has joined Scotland and England since the 16th century, four screens are reflecting image streams.

A photo of a tiny sculpture of a bridge in the shape of a star
This is artist Jon Wallace’s cinematic take on the River Sark running beneath the divide. Next year’s referendum gives it timeliness, but it’s a key work this month because of the Environmental Art Festival Scotland – the first of its kind north of the border – it is part of.

“This festival is all about the future,” says co-producer Jan Hogarth, whose team unveiled a scale model of the huge Star of Caledonia artwork which will dominate the border at Gretna.

“It raises questions about art, politics, the environment and sustainable living. It’s also about having fun.

“The events and activities we have taking place across Dumfries and Galloway are incredibly varied, from performance and dance to music and sculpture.

“It was fantastic to be able to unveil the new scale model of the Star of Caledonia, so people can start to get an idea of what it will look like when complete.

“It’s a really exciting project and this feels like it has taken another step towards becoming a reality.”

The model will pearch at the Stormont Hall, in Gretna Green, until the festival ends on September 2 2013. Read more.

Four star commissions from the Environmental Art Festival Scotland:

Cinema Sark, Gretna:

Artist and filmmaker John Wallace and soil scientist Professor Pete Smith, of the University of Aberdeen, make a large video installation beneath the motorway bridge on the River Sark which marks the border of Scotland and England

The Rise and Fall of the Grey Mare’s Tail, Galloway Forest Park, Grey Mare's Tail – Clatteringshaws:

29-year-old Glasgow-based James Winnett’s gravity powered fountain in a forest beneath a waterfall

Gimme Shelter, Anwoth Old Kirk:

Dutch environmental artists Pat Van Boeckel and Karin Van Der Molen present a multimedia project in the ruins of a church, inviting visitors to see the way we build through new eyes

Glimpse, Barony College, Dumfries:

Scottish artists Donald Urquhart and Will Levi Marshall have made Scotland’s largest watercolour – an installation which cuts a horizontal section of a coniferous plantation, making it “disappear”.

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