30ft bronze statue lends a hand at Edinburgh Park
May 25 2021
Edinburgh Park has bolstered its cultural credentials with the installation of a 30ft bronze sculpture designed by Kenneth Armitage.
Reach for the Stars is the first of a series of artworks commissioned by developer Parabola to bring character and identity to the peripheral district. These include further sculptural works by Eduardo Paolozzi, Brian Kneale, Geoffrey Clarke, William Tucker and Bruce Beasley as well as a tapestry created by Dovecot Studios which will hang in the lobby of 1 New Park Square when it completes later this year.
Together these will pepper a new arts quarter within the £500m Southern Phase masterplan, centred upon a new arts and exhibition centre designed by artist David Mach RA.
Parabola chairman Peter Millican said: “We are very excited to see ‘Reach for the Stars’ installed in its new home at Edinburgh Park where it can be seen by visitors arriving by tram, road and rail. It’s a truly magnificent piece, and I hope others find it as inspirational as I do.”
When complete the latest phase of Edinburgh Park will deliver commercial space for a further 10,000 workers as well as 1,800 homes.
Filler design vibe -- how do we try and lift it out of the mediocrity that we have made for ourselves?
Public art is this decades bit of glam / froth.
Just a case that it needs to be good public art and this is nowhere near good.
But how can a list of artists these days be so non-inclusive? Beggars belief.
People are so obsessed with with identity these days, it is all some people ever talk about.
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Telly Tubby level of artistic merit.