Vestiges Park, a collective intervention into a forgotten landscape. A Lowsalt exhibition organised for Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art.
An outdoor exhibition featuring sculptural works by 16 Glasgow-based artists, inspired by ‘Vestiges Of The Natural History Of Creation’.
The Scotsman review, April 2010
'Just up the road from Eastvale Place, in a no man's land between Glasgow Sculpture Studios and the railway line, the artist-run organisation Lowsalt has created Vestiges Park. Taking as its central theme Chambers' Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation, a precursor to Darwin and a Victorian bestseller, it creates a land of fantastical creatures and sinister transformations that "floats, tir-nan-og like, on the edges of our world".
Like the Buchel, this also comes with a disclaimer, but in this case, what we must beware is: "footpad, chymera, dirty great hole", and that the strange sisterhood behind the Park, we could be either guests or captives.
Applying themselves with relish to the stranger edges of Victorian science, they exploit to the full the untamed nature of their environment. Following trodden paths among the bushes, we find Rob Mulholland's mirrored silhouette of human figures, half visible among the trees; Robbie Thomson's monster in a cage which, without warning, moves its legs eerily; and Cheryl Field's coiled vacuum tube, which suddenly quivers and roars. A soundscape of animal and mechanical noises reverberates around us. Clara Ursitti uses a shed for her Museum of Gloves: don't miss the one with six fingers.
It's all great fun. One of the things GI has always done well is provide a platform for artist-run bodies to animate unknown corners of the city. A disused glue factory in Maryhill, populated by FINN Collective, is another one, where, if you are intrepid enough to brave the cold and dereliction, you might encounter a few gems. If the GI barometer is any indication, the city's grassroots art culture is still in rude health.
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