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Garden Gallery: The Power of Three

p³: Video

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A film commisioned as part of the Power of Three project to document the three artworks in situ, film the Garden Gallery opening event and gather public response. Film was created and produced by Gavin Turnbull.
 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 November 2011 21:30
 

p³ 3: Amy Copeman - What are you looking at?

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What are you looking at?, by Amy Copeman (photo courtesy of Bob Jefferson)
What are you looking at?, by Amy Copeman (photo courtesy of Bob Jefferson)
The Power of Three, art work commissioned by the Public Art Commissioning Group of Big things on the Beach; 3 - What are you looking at? by Amy Copeman

Coloured vinyl photographs using images from the beach

Location: Bandstand at end of Joppa Road

I will draw attention to the beach, promenade and the creatures that live there, with a series of photographs transposed onto coloured vinyl and backed onto rigid Perspex shapes. The brightly coloured artworks will be hung from the bandstand area at the Joppa end of the promenade. Shafts of light will enhance the different beachfront images, which include; fish, shells, birds, driftwood and all things that people see everyday if they walk along the beach.

There will also be coloured vinyls on the railings at the Joppa end of the promenade, which will show some of the unique and beautiful features of the promenade and beachfront. The art will engage people with the natural beauty of the seafront and may surprise people by what they can find there if they look more closely.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 November 2011 21:30
 

p³ 2: Emma Herman-Smith - Hives

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Hives, by Emma Herman-SmithThe Power of Three, art work commissioned by the Public Art Commissioning Group of Big things on the Beach; 2 - Hives by Emma Herman-Smith

Cast beehives highlighting the global decline of the honey bee

Location: The green space behind the cake stand.

Three concrete casts of the interior and undersides of beehives reveal the space within which the honey bee constructs, maintains and develops it’s community unashamedly referencing Rachel Whitereads’ artwork entitled ‘House’.

‘Hives’ aims to imply absence, transience and loss and increase public awareness of the global decline of the honeybee population. As our primary pollinators, their continued loss would ultimately herald our own.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 November 2011 21:31
 

p³ 1: Angela Beardsley - Land Stream

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ImageThe Power of Three, art work commissioned by the Public Art Commissioning Group of Big things on the Beach; 1 - Land Stream by Angela Beardsley

A temporary artwork encouraging momentary community interaction.

Location: On the cake stand, crossing over the promenade, over the sea wall and down almost to the waters edge.

This temporary site-specific public artwork encourages the audience to look at and interact with the promenade and beachfront in a new way. Interaction with the piece is a momentary event in the eternal flow of the land and the community. The work is a celebration of the gorse flower that once covered the land, which through lifetimes of change has created Portobello.

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Read on for photos of the installation...

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 November 2011 21:31
 

Three Temporary Public Art Commissions

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UPDATE: Film comission buget raised to £500

Big Things on the Beach wish to commission three temporary public artworks for specific spaces along Portobello's waterfront and promenade area.

We want these temporary public artworks to excite, engage and have visual impact. We are interested in encouraging the public to look at the promenade area in a new way. These commissions are in conjunction with the Garden Gallery project which is running in August 2008. Artists who are exhibiting in the Garden Gallery may also put forward submissions.

Last Updated on Saturday, 20 March 2010 14:21
 


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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