Hosted outdoors at Glasgow Sculpture Studios during GI2010, Lowsalt is working with 16 Glasgow-based artists to collectively take over half an acre of scrubland in the Finneston area of the city. Vestiges Park will feature sculptural life forms inspired by the publication 'Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation', written (anonymously) by Scottish journalist Robert Chambers in 1844.
"A Collective Intervention into a Forgotten Landscape"
Vestiges Park does not exist, cannot exist, will not exist. The artists involved deny all knowledge of the project and the authorities are mute. In some cases these artists may not actually exist – they split, double, multiply, evaporate, condense, dissolve and merge until truth and fiction, science and magic become indistinguishable. Vestiges Park is a chimera – there and not there – dare to find us, dare to enter and let us take you to the edgelands, the rotting places where nothing is as it seems...
...and if you cannot find us it is because we have fallen off your maps. - Lady Ada Lovelace
JACK WRIGLEY ~ CLARA URSITTI ~ ROBBIE THOMSON ~ ANDREW SUNLEY SMITH
JEN SYKES ~ JONATHAN SCOTT ~ SHELLY NADASHI ~ ROB MULHOLLAND ~ PHIL LEE ZUZANNA KALINOWSKA ~ ALEX GROSS ~ CHERYL FIELD ~ ACD FERGUSON
BEN DEMBROSKI ~ JIM COLQUHOUN ~ JUDD BRUCKE
VESTIGES PARK PREVIEW Saturday April 17th 2- 6pm
Open From Twelve until Five Daily
Open Thursday Evenings 5- 8pm
145 Kelvinhaugh Street - Glasgow G3 8PX
Vestiges Park is inspired by the 1844 anonymous publication of ‘Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation’'. The book, written by Scottish journalist Robert Chambers, exposed a cosmic theory of transmutation which pre-dated Darwin's 'Origin of the Species' by 15 years.
The story of this work, its author, and its reception remains one of the most intriguing tales in the history of science. In it we can see foreshadows of many debates that still occur to this day - among scientists and public alike - including those about the validity of evolutionary theories, the demarcation of science from pseudoscience, and the effect of popularization upon scientific ideas. The publication of the first edition would see the birth of one of the greatest controversies of the nineteenth century, one that would result in the sale of over 23,000 copies over a sixteen year period and the publication of a further eleven editions. (Secord 1994, xxvi)
Adam’s Sedgwick (Darwin’s geology professor) described it as “philosophy out of moonshine”
Vestiges Park Artists Booklet
Vestiges Park Map
by Judd Brucke
Essay by Lady Ada Lovelace
(Essay also available to read here)
VESTIGES PARK ACTIVITIES:
Lowsalt OPEN AIR FILM SCREENINGS at Vestiges Park, THURSDAYS 8 PM
Thursday April 22nd- "WE"RE OFF to SEE the LIZARD" Hosted by Ben Dembroski
Thursday April 29th- "SKI HOUSE AND HORROR" Hosted by Jack Wrigley
ANIMAL EXPLORERS DAY - A Family Day Safari at Vestiges Park
Presented by Lowsalt and GI LEARN
Sunday April 25th, 1- 5pm
(hourly safari's, please arrive on the hour 1 or 2 or 3 or 4pm)
FREE but limited capacity
ANIMALS EXPLORER DAY (OVERVIEW)
Swoop on down to 'Vestiges Park' for their Animal Explorers (Family) Day and –after transforming yourselves into exotic species with the help of masks, face-paint and animal costumes- come explore the other creatures and beings that inhabit this unique sculpture park. With a fun-filled nature trail burrowed out through this leafy environment along with a specially produced map to accompany the safari, stimulate your investigative senses whilst discovering wonderous, hidden artworks in this fantastical kingdom of nature where monkeys and lions can still run wild!
Natural animal behaviour and their habits will be encouraged once inside Vestiges Park. To assist with the transformations:
Children 3-6 yrs of age will be offered animal costumes to borrow
6 yrs + will have the the chance to paint and decorate their very own animal masks, which afterwards they can take away with them.
This event forms part of Lowsalt's involvement with GI LEARN - a project of Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art (GI). Supported through funding from the Scottish Arts Council’s LEARN fund, GI LEARN aims to build the capacity of GI to develop new forms of education and public engagement through research, development and practice.
Commissioned by Lowsalt in association with Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2010
Vestiges Park site Feb 2010. Photo Credit: Neil Davidson