A Visit To Edinburgh’s Jupiter Artland

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I wanted to share some photos from our recent visit to Jupiter Artland, a modern art park and gallery in Edinburgh, showcasing work by leading sculpture and land artists. We lucked out with a beautiful sunny day, to the point I’d wished we’d packed a picnic for us to enjoy out in the sun. But not to worry, the Milk Cafe is at hand if you’re feeling peckish, with a whole bunch of delicious cakes and lunch options. Trust me, their coffee and walnut brownies (pictured below) were as good as they looked! 

With one toddler and a baby in tow, what we loved about Jupiter Artland was how child friendly and interactive it was – we even managed to take our Bugaboo Bee through the woodland walk without any difficulties! The nature trail is full of interesting sculptures and installations that pop up out of nowhere and surprise you (if like us you were silly enough not to grab a map!) Though, Finlay loved the water features and feeding the donkeys best! 

One of my personal favourites was the current exhibition by composer & French artist, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, where we got to enter a room full of songbirds settled in groups upon electric guitars and basses, “As they fly from one instrument to another they strike and pluck chords which draw together a concert of punk and heavy-metal along with their own song.” Just amazing!

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A little bit more about Jupiter Artland: “Set within the picturesque 80 acre estate of Bonnington House, Jupiter Artland is the brainchild of Nicky and Robert Wilson. The garden is a whimsical collaboration between the family, the artists and the landscape. All the works are site specific and personal to Jupiter.

With no set routes through the park and an emphasis on exploration and discovery the individual is left to engage with the artworks and the land as a whole.

The end product is a journey, narrated by the various artists who are given the freedom to express themselves in the landscape. The transitory nature of the sculpture park makes it hard to believe it is only ten miles outside of Edinburgh.” 

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If you’re looking for a family day out in Edinburgh, this is definitely one to check out: https://www.jupiterartland.org/

NB: I’ve tried not to include too many spoiler photos of the installations, as I don’t want to spoil the fun for anyone looking forward to visiting!