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Edinburgh College of Art’s new plywood sculpture

Krijn de Koning's walk-through installation, which allows viewers to see the Edinburgh Art College's sculptures from never-before seen before perspectives. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Krijn de Koning's walk-through installation, which allows viewers to see the Edinburgh Art College's sculptures from never-before seen before perspectives. Picture: Phil Wilkinson


  • by BRIAN FERGUSON
 

A Dutch artist has unveiled a dramatic makeover for the historic sculpture court at Edinburgh College of Art - made entirely of plywood.

• Dutch artist unveils plywood sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art’s historic court

• Sculpture will allow space to be observed from new angles and promises to give viewers “new relationship” with other sculptures and building

Krijn de Koning was commissioned by the Edinburgh Art Festival to create a new “landscape”, which has partially obscured some sculptures and offered close-up views of others.

A series of raised platforms and walkways will allow festival-goers to savour the neo-Classical space from completely different angles and enjoy the works of art, all from the art school’s collection, in a whole new light.

De Koning said: “It’s about giving people a whole new relationship not only with the sculptures but the building itself.

“People are used to seeing a sculpture on its plinth in the same position almost all of the time.

“I wanted to create a new park or landscape around them and people are very much encouraged to walk around.

“All the plinths are at the same level but I wanted to show more of some sculptures than others and that’s why the walkways are on different levels.”

The sculpture court is one of several spaces across the city transformed for the art festival, which is now celebrating its 10th year and is billed by director Sorcha Carey as the biggest annual event in the UK.

Sarah Kenchington has created a huge new musical instrument made out of hundreds of decommissioned organ pipes for Trinity Apse, a neglected 15th century church building off the Royal Mile.

Christine Borland and Brody Condon have turned a burnt-out watchtower in the Old Calton Burial Ground into an installation paying tribute to the 18th century Edinburgh Trades Maiden Hospital.

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