Jupiter Artland is like entering a surreal world of Teletubbyland, mystical forest creatures, underground jewel grottos, crunching popcorn puddles, heated cars, misty walkways, lots of greenery, huge pistols and… honestly, I could go on but I won’t because the list is never-ending. In a nutshell, Jupiter Artland is one of the coolest places I’ve ever been to and a massive recommendation to anyone visiting Edinburgh in the spring/summer.
I first went to Jupiter Artland last August for one of their Jupiter at Dusk events, which is held a few times a year in the evenings. Since we got there a bit too late we were only able to wander around for an hour or so and didn’t get to see most of the exhibitions. I knew I wanted to go back and last Sunday we finally did, camera in tow. Since it’s clearly too difficult for me to explain what Jupiter Artland actually is, why don’t I just show you?
After parking the car we walked over to the main path taking us the reception, which was very misty and wet. This was actually the first installation we came across! It’s by Marco Giordano and is called Self-Fulfilling Ego, a series of sculptures on a narrow path:
“Marco created an avenue of sculptures that emit a mist of water that symbolically offer a blessing to each person who passes along the road.”
After receiving our many blessings, we got our tickets & map and proceeded to find what we initially came here for- The Rose Walk by Pablo Bronstein.
This is an installation slash dance performance and is now made permanent, yehoo! Here is a bit more info below:
Two ten-meter-high pavilions, one Gothic and the other in a Chinoiserie style will be connected by a twenty-five-meter-long rose garden. These imposing and elaborate follies will simultaneously act as entrance to, and ornamental framing of the narrow promenade.
Alongside the permanent addition to the collection, Jupiter Artland has commissioned a live performance that responds to the opposing architectural forms.
After watching the performance, which lasted around 10 minutes we continued on our adventure…to something VERY COOL! Here is a little teaser…
What you will find the forest is a strange sort of grotto filled with walls covered in purple crystals. When you first see it, it almost looks a bit creepy. Like this random spaceshipey thing set up in the middle of the trees.
But when you walk down some shallow steps in a narrow path and you down to this….😍
It’s called The Light Pours Out Of Me and is a sculpture by Anya Gallaccio.
I spent quite a long time in there oohing and ahhing at the stones but realized time was running out.
Back to consulting the map as there was one installation I was keen on checking out before we left (I’ll be honest, I’d seen a lot of people post about this on good ol’ Instagram).
Some compulsory stops and photo taking by what I like to call the hills of Teletubbyland.
After this, we took the short walk back to the main area where we came across a few other installations and their cafe which is hosted by MILK.👌
Finally I found what I was looking for! Inside this beautiful orange house you will find…
A ROOM FULL OF POPCORN! Isn’t that just so much fun?! Okay, so I know it’s not really full of popcorn, but there’s a LOT. There is a big machine in the corner of the room with heaters that pop the corn by the time it falls off the belt. This installation is by Michael Sailstorfer and is available to see until the end of Sept.
Eventually the gallery floor will be covered with layers upon layers of popcorn from the never ceasing production line.
And that was the end of our Sunday afternoon spent at Jupiter. Before we left I couldn’t leave without stealing one more little popcorn.
You can find opening times and prices at Jupiter here: www.jupiterartland.co.uk