It’s ready folks! Perth’s magnificent River Tay will be the focus of the city’s biggest ever public art project which is to be unveiled to the public on Friday, November 1.
Using water, light and film, the stunning artwork entitled ‘Meander’ will appear on a huge brick wall in the city’s Mill Street, adjacent to Burt’s Close.
Acclaimed artists Elizabeth Ogilvie and Rob Page fought off competition from around the globe last year to secure the commission from Perth and Kinross Council and its partner Culture Perth and Kinross.
It’s hoped the £30,000 artwork will transform the city centre at night and catapult Perth into the international spotlight.
Perth’s lively contemporary arts scene will be celebrated as part of the free opening event between 6pm and 8pm with a full programme of awesome offerings including a reading by Perthshire poet Jon Plunkett who’s been commissioned to write a poem inspired by ‘Meander’ and performances by Perth Youth Orchestra. Deputy First Minister John Swinney will officially unveil the artwork.
With fluctuating abstract imagery inspired by the river creating a reflective and ever-changing spectacle, organisers describe Meander as a “homage and celebration of the River Tay, its meandering form and its significance for the city,” and invite us to explore and reflect on it and how we see the world. Sounds intriguing!
Meander’s artists have drawn inspiration from renowned thinker, environmentalist and planner Patrick Geddes, who grew up on the Kinnoull hillside overlooking Perth and used the city as a location to formulate ideas about the relationships between cities and their regions.
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