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A stunning new work of land art will be unveiled this summer in Dumfries & Galloway, created by world-renowned landscape artist Charles Jencks.

The Crawick Multiverse – a £1million project funded by the Duke of Buccleuch – sits on the site of a former open cast coal mine which is being transformed into a spectacular 55-acre artland, visitor attraction and public amenity.

Multiverse1Image Courtesy | Multiverse Artland

Materials found on the expansive site, from tonnes of earth to some 2,000 large boulders, were used to create the work of art in Upper Nithsdale in the heart of Dumfries and Galloway, which is expected to provide an economic boost to local communities as well as attracting international visitors.

This inspiring new landmark links the themes of space, astronomy and cosmology, with a network of paths navigating features and landforms which represent the Sun, universes, galaxies, comets, black holes and more.

Work on the Crawick Multiverse is nearing completion, with a public launch event scheduled for the summer solstice on June 21.

It is the latest in an impressive portfolio from Charles Jencks, a leading figure in landscape architecture who has created works across the globe, from the UK’s ‘Northumberlandia’ and ‘Garden of Cosmic Speculation’ to Beijing Olympic Park’s ‘Black Hole Terrace’, to name just a few.

The Duke of Buccleuch said: “Not only has Charles Jencks transformed a brutal eyesore into a landscape of awesome scale and beauty but he has also created something that just might be a catalyst for transformation in this neglected corner of rural Scotland.

“We are deeply grateful that an artist of his international reputation should have dedicated himself so passionately to this vision.”

Charles Jencks added: “This former open cast coal site, nestled in a bowl of large rolling hills, never did produce enough black gold to keep digging. But it did, accidentally, create the bones of a marvellous ecology.

“The landscape had to be healed, it had to welcome the nearby communities of Sanquhar, Kelloholm and Kirkconnel, and help restore the locality both economically and ecologically – and so the Crawick Multiverse, a new version of an old scientific idea, was born.

“This work of land art, created primarily from earth and boulders on the site, celebrates the surrounding Scottish countryside and its landmarks, looking outwards and back in time.”

The site is managed by the Crawick Artland Trust which includes trustees from the local communities surrounding the site.

Duncan Mackison, Director of Crawick Artland Trust, said: “We are very excited to see this ambitious, large scale project nearing completion and are confident it will prove to be a huge draw for visitors from both home and abroad.

“This fantastic artland will appeal to a diverse range of visitors, including art and design enthusiasts, families looking for a day out with a difference, schools who want an ‘outdoor classroom’ and local groups and organisations.”

For more information, visit the website:

www.crawickmultiverse.co.uk 

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