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.
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.
The 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.
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