The next phase of our creative journey is the launch of the Scottish Emerging Sculptor Award which invites applications from new and emerging visual artists from Scotland.
SIR EDUARDO PAOLOZZI
Sir Eduardo Paolozzi was born in Leith in 1924 and studied in Edinburgh, London and Paris. A number of major works by Paolozzi are sited across his home town of Edinburgh and his fascination with the industrial fusion of man and machine are expressed here in the sculptural collage of ‘Vulcan’ (1999). This seven-metre tall piece was originally commissioned for Central Square, Newcastle and has been exhibited across the UK before coming home to Edinburgh Park.
View a film of Vulcan arriving at Edinburgh Park
WILLIAM TUCKER RA
Dancer After Degas
‘Dancer After Degas’ is a theme which Tucker has frequently revisited throughout his career in both his sculpture and drawings. This monumental bronze has been cast for Edinburgh Park by Pangolin and has evolved from a smaller work which he produced in silver in 2002.
This piece captures abstract figurative elements of dancers in motion and is inspired by Edgar Degas’ famous studies of ballet. For Edinburgh Park, this dynamic sculpture will be enlarged to a monumental 4 metres tall and cast in bronze, encouraging viewers to respond physically to its mass and volume.
Sir Jeremy Dixon
Designed by British architect, Sir Jeremy Dixon, who started the firm Dixon Jones with fellow architect Edward Jones in 1989. Dixon Jones were responsible for designing many buildings connected to the Arts, including The Royal Opera House in London, The National Portrait Gallery in London, The Henry Moore Institute in Leeds and Kings Place in London. Ziggurat was a specific commission that Pangolin Editions Fabricated in 2004.
Sculptures in the reception of 1 New Park Square
Driven by an almost unrelenting creative impulse, which seems to be a Widerberg tradition, Nico Widerberg achieved international recognition early in his career. His figure sculptures are timeless whether made in bronze, granite, or glass. Predominantly still and monolithic, they unite traditions as diverse as pre-classical Greek and the elongated presences of Giacometti.
King of Kings (Ozymandias)
After a successful career in advertising Abrahams returned to his artistic beginnings and became a sculptor in 1991. The King of Kings – Ozymandias Sculpture came about as a commission from the developers of Kings Place in London specifically for the building. The sculpture is thought to have taken its inspiration from and takes its name from the Percy Shelly poem Ozymandias.
Reach for the Stars
Royal Academician Kenneth Armitage’s monumental 30-foot piece ‘Reach for the Stars’ depicts both hand and star perfectly capturing his sense of immediacy and playfulness, “I like sculpture to look as if it happened, to express an idea as simply as possible.”
ANN CHRISTOPHER BRITISH
This magnificent bronze by Royal Academician, Ann Christopher, was first commissioned by Cecil, Denny, Highton architects for 226 Tower Bridge Road London in 1990. Originally designed to be placed in a rectangular trough of water to explore reflections and pump water up through the sculpture, Square Line is now sited outside of 1 New Park Square and has a rich matt black patina which highlights both the delicate textures and precise lines which are Christopher's trademark.
Amarylla Guerrilla is a response to the growing numbers of guerrilla gardeners who seize the moment to plant on public ground in defiance of town planners’ cost cutting neglect of the aesthetic beauty of flowers and shrubs. Made of Corten Steel these sculptures are positioned between the tram line and civic square of 1 New Park Square.
Concrete elements with mounted stainless steel brackets, both sides of these benches have been customised to showcase the various charities supported by the Parabola Foundation. The benches are open to use and enjoyment by the public in the civic square at 1 New Park square, Edinburgh Park.
Publication documenting the ambitious arts strategy for Edinburgh Park, which aims to build a respected cultural reputation for Edinburgh Park as a new destination within Edinburgh’s world-class cultural offer.