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Crawick Multiverse land art installation, Scotland

Crawick Multiverse Design, Land Art Scotland, Charles Jencks Sculpture Scottish Borders

Crawick Multiverse land art installation

Charles Jencks Upper Nithsdale sculpture news: Scottish Borders Land Art design by Charles Jencks artist, Scotland

4 April 2024

Work of land art regeneration in Dumfriesshire recognised as nationally important

News from Historic Environment Scotland

Location: near Sanquhar, Upper Nithsdale, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, UK.

Crawick Multiverse Artland Charles Jencks

Photos by Mike Bolam

Crawick Multiverse Upper Nithsdale

Historic Environment Scotland designates Crawick Multiverse

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has today (Thursday 4 April) added Crawick Multiverse to the inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes.

The site was nominated to be considered for designation by a member of the public as part of HES’s ‘Designed Landscapes of the Recent Past’ project, an initiative to identify and champion Scotland’s remarkable modern gardens and designed landscapes.

Crawick Multiverse Artland Charles Jencks

Located near Sanquhar in Dumfries and Galloway, Crawick Multiverse is of outstanding artistic and historical interest as an example of early 21st century land art. It was designed and constructed on the site of a former open-cast coal mine by renowned landscape architect Charles Jencks between 2011 and 2017. It is now run by The Crawick Multiverse Trust, who operate the site as a visitor attraction, unique destination and outdoor venue.

Crawick Multiverse Artland Charles Jencks

Charles Jencks (1936-2019) was an internationally renowned land artist, cultural theorist (particularly of Postmodernism), and architectural historian. Crawick Multiverse was his final land art project and his largest completed work in the UK, though his work can be found across the globe from India to South Korea.

Jencks designed Crawick Multiverse to explore cosmology, prehistory, and connections to the past through the theory of the ‘multiverse’. Features in the landscape convey a sense of the universe and its rhythms, from the standing stone avenue through the North-South Line, which evokes prehistoric stone monuments like the Neolithic Calanais (or Callanish) Standing Stones on the Isle of Lewis, to the Omphalos, which signifies both the geological and mythical interior of the Earth.

Crawick Multiverse Artland Charles Jencks

Crawick Multiverse covers an area of 22.5 hectares of land – over 36 football pitches – and is significant for its ambitious scale, visual and conceptual design integrity. Designed as a land regeneration project for public access, the Multiverse enriches the local community and connects its visitors to both the industrial history of the area and the prehistory of the British Isles.

Crawick Multiverse Artland Charles Jencks

Philip Robertson, Deputy Head of Designations at HES, said: “Crawick Multiverse is an excellent addition to the inventory. Many of the ideas Charles Jencks explored throughout his illustrious career culminate at a massive scale here, and the site has artistic, cultural and historical significance.

“Gardens and designed landscapes of the recent past such as Crawick Multiverse are an important element of Scotland’s historic environment and landscape. However, they are not always valued as much as older sites. It’s important to record, recognise and promote awareness of these sites through our work.”

Crawick Multiverse Artland Charles Jencks

Patrick Lorimer, Trustee at The Crawick Multiverse Trust said: “As trustees we are delighted that Historic Environment Scotland has recognised the importance and unique nature of Crawick Multiverse and considered it to be worthy of a inclusion in their ‘Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes’ as part of their recent initiative to identify and celebrate Scotland‘s modern gardens and designed landscapes. It is a rare and special accolade to be recognised in this way and a fitting tribute to Charles Jencks and his significant contribution to land art in the UK and across the world.”

More information about Crawick Multiverse can be found on the Historic Environment Portal.

Crawick Multiverse Artland Charles Jencks

The pictures of Crawick Multiverse are by Mike Bolam

Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes

Gardens and designed landscapes are an important element of Scotland’s historic environment and landscape. Inventory sites range from country estate landscapes and botanic garden collections to urban parks and cemeteries.

HES selects nationally important sites for the Inventory in line with its Designations Policy and Selection Guidance.

When a garden and designed landscape is included on the inventory it becomes a material consideration in the planning process. This means that it has to be taken into account when deciding planning applications.

Designed Landscapes of the Recent Past project

Designed Landscapes of the Recent Past’ is an initiative to identify, recognise and celebrate Scotland’s modern garden and designed landscape heritage. It focuses on sites dating from 1945 to the early 2000s in Scotland.

The aim of the programme is to improve representation of these sites in our publicly available records. We are doing this through photographic survey and recording, updating information and images, and considering a select number sites for designation on the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes.

About Crawick Multiverse Trust

https://www.crawickmultiverse.co.uk/

Historic Environment Scotland

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is the lead body for Scotland’s historic environment, a charity dedicated to the advancement of heritage, culture, education and environmental protection.

It is at the forefront of researching and understanding the historic environment and addressing the impacts of climate change on its future, investigating and recording architectural and archaeological sites and landscapes across Scotland and caring for more than 300 properties of national importance. HES is also the lead on delivering Scotland’s strategy for the historic environment, Our Past, Our Future.

Historic Scotland, Scran, Canmore, The National Collection of Aerial Photography (NCAP), The Engine Shed, Stirling Castle and Edinburgh Castle are sub-brands of Historic Environment Scotland.

Crawick Multiverse land art installation images / information received 4 April 2024

Previously on e-architect:

6 May 2015

Crawick Multiverse Artland

Design: Charles Jencks, artist & architecture critic

Scottish Multiverse Artland

Crawick Multiverse Design, Land Art Scotland, Charles Jencks Sculpture

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

Crawick Multiverse Artland

Crawick Multiverse

Crawick Multiverse Artland images / information received May 2015

Location: near Sanquhar, Upper Nithsdale, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, UK.

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Star of Caledonia
image from designer
Star of Caledonia landmark designed by world-leading artist/designer Cecil Balmond and Dumfriesshire’s eminent land artist Charles Jencks, on the border between Scotland and England.

Star of Caledonia
image from architect

This sculptural installation design pays homage to Scottish innovation and particularly James Clerk Maxwell, the pre-eminent Scottish physicist and mathematician.

Cecil Balmond

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Charles Jencks Landform photos

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Charles Jencks sits on the selection committee with Maggies Centres founder Laura Lee: a key architect selected by Charles Jencks was a friend of the late Maggie Keswick-Jencks, Frank Gehry.

Charles Jencks
Charles Jencks was born in 1939 and although American has a house in London and Dumfriesshire, Scotland; the latter was the home of his wife, the late Maggie Keswick-Jencks, who sadly died of cancer. Maggie came from a notable Scottish family with links to the founding of Hong Kong.

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