Sculpture park recreated in Minecraft
The Jupiter Artland Sculpture Park has been recreated in Minecraft, allowing people to explore it virtually even if they can’t visit it.
The park in West Lothian features works by artists such as Sir Antony Gormley, Sir Anish Kapoor, Charles Jencks and Ian Hamilton Finlay spread over a 100-acre site.
The sculptures have been recreated in Minecraft, the video game that allows players to build using blocks, in a virtual world that reopens as the park prepares to reopen to local members on Thursday and local visitors. from April 5.
Players can explore the site virtually in Minecraft Artland and build their own creations outside the gates, while a competition is underway to design a sculpture that will be given a permanent place in the digital park.
Eleanor Edmondson, Digital Arts and Marketing Coordinator at Jupiter Artland, said: “It’s amazing to see young people engaging with Artland in a whole new way, a little slice of Jupiter magic from home. .
Jupiter Artland in Minecraft combines the otherworldly magic of Artland with the aesthetics of Minecraft – exceptional works of art by Antony Gormley, Anya Gallaccio, Tania Kovats and Charles Jencks have been carefully recreated with the famous Minecraft blocks.
“Coming out of a year like no other, Minecraft provides a familiar and safe platform for children to learn the art.”
The Minecraft version of Jupiter Artland was first created in 2016 with help from Dr Tom Flint, Edinburgh Napier University, and students, but was initially only accessible indoors of the park.
During last year’s lockdown, the park made Minecraft Artland accessible from anywhere to give people the opportunity to engage in art even when museums and galleries were closed.
This year, it also features the winner of last year’s sculpture competition – a design by a local boy.
Claire Feeley, Head of Exhibitions and Learning Programs at Jupiter Artland, said: “We are delighted to unveil our first permanent digital control in Minecraft: Waterfall Of Knowledge, designed by eight-year-old Adam Hartley of West Lothian.
“Creativity is essential for the well-being of young people, and during lockdown, platforms like Jupiter Artland in Minecraft allow children of all ages to test their design skills. Sixty-five percent of young people entering primary school today will have entirely new jobs that do not yet exist.
“In this new world, digital creativity is a precious skill and at Jupiter, we support young people in their learning path.
“This year’s theme is The World Upside Down, inspired by the new work ‘Upside Down’ by Scottish artist Rachel Maclean available to the public this summer.
“We want to see designs that challenge us to see the world from a new perspective – what future do young people want when they emerge from the pandemic?”
People can still enter the contest even if they don’t have Minecraft, by submitting a drawing or making a sculpture and sharing a photo of it.
A Minecraft digital Easter egg hunt is also underway.
Jupiter Artland, located near Edinburgh, was founded in 2009 by philanthropic art collectors Robert and Nicky Wilson, and is home to over 30 permanent and unique site-specific sculptures.
There is also a seasonal program of exhibitions and events.
– You can find information on how to access Minecraft Artland and enter the contest at https://www.jupiterartland.org/sessions/minecraft-competition-2021/?mc_cid=e016b345e5&mc_eid=8f02b0c253