Colour, art and connecting with the outdoors are some of our favourite things here at KANKAN. Given the changes of the world, the open air installations on offer are in abundance. We share our picks of outdoor art, beyond London, to enjoy this summer.
Visit South Tyneside and enjoy the mysterious figures on the coast (by Spanish sculptor Juan Munoz) affectionately known by locals as the ‘weebles’. Check out this site for other public art in the area.
New commission’s incoming for the Folkestone Triennial, there will be around 20 new public works from 22nd July including a row of 100 beach huts painted in bright geometric chevron patterns and stretching along the promenade by Bangladesh-born artist Rana Begum. Others include a skatepark courtesy of Turner-Prize winning collective Assemble, a roving hot rod-cum-plant-laboratory from Mike Stubbs, and a run of posters from Gilbert & George.
Jupiter Artland is an award-winning contemporary sculpture garden located just outside Edinburgh and it looks like the stuff of dreams. It describes itself first and foremost as a ‘garden of ideas’. Check our new display by Scottish artist Rachel Maclean combining animation and architecture. It takes the form of an abandoned high-street shop and it tells the 21st century fairy-tale about consumerist desire.
Woodlands and forests are vital places for artists to engage with, check out Forest Artworks for some great recommendations including the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust. The artworks you see on the trail are deliberately discrete in the woodland and developed and inspired by the place – from its history and its material quality. Enjoy the Cathedral by Kevin Atherton. Another recommendation is the Kielder Art & Architecture Programme with over 20 pieces to explore including a buried building, a maze and a futuristic shelter
Yorkshire Sculpture Park spans 500 acres on the 18th-Century Bretton Hall Estate and comprises over 100 world-class sculptures. The Oak Project has launched its first artist commission, Silence – Alone in a World of Wounds, by artists Heather Peak and Ivan Morison. Responding to the question “Can art save us from extinction?”, the artists have developed a sculptural space made of natural materials and aims to create solitary communion with the natural world (picture RHS). Damien Hirst LHS
The 2021 Liverpool Biennial: The Stomach and the Port is curated by Manu Moscoso and is housed in locations across Liverpool including public spaces. In Crown St Park is Daniel Steegmann Mangrané’s, La Pensée Férale (2021). Set amongst the trees is a more exotic specimen, one usually found in Brazil and embedded in the trunk is the single eye of an Indian pariah dog. The sculpture raises questions about our attitude towards our environment reinforcing that nature is not without perception or feeling.
Read more recommendations from us, enjoy part 1 here