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The Art Map

These broad-ranging installations are inspired by social and environmental narratives such as climate change, biodiversity and the vital relationship between global communities and natural resources.

 

The Art Guide

1. Heather Jansch, Bronze and Driftwood Horse, 2013

Driftwood, bronze

These two foals, which appear similar at a first glance, are made from completely different materials. One is made from carefully chosen pieces of driftwood found on the beach, the other is a bronze cast.

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2. Jenny Beavan, Cores, 2016

Clay, glaze 

At the gateway to Wild Cornwall, clay totems punctuate the landscape. From afar they resemble the bright trunks of silver birches. Created by local ceramic artist Jenny Beavan, they’re made from a mix of clays, turning from dark to light at their tips, and are impressed with seeds, unfurling ferns and flowers collected from Eden.

3. Chris Drury, Cloud Chamber, 2002

Granite, slate

This still, silent and meditative space is made within, and from, the surrounding landscape in the tradition of the land and environmental art movements originating in 1960s America. The beehive chamber, built by local dry-stone hedgers, was constructed from nearly 120 tonnes of Cornish granite and slate.

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4. David Kemp, Industrial Plant, 2001

Bricks, metal, objects

David Kemp's sculpture takes a look at fossil fuels which provide over 80% of the world’s energy. This sculpture considers plants as fuel. Around it Eden have planted examples of crops which are burnt in some power stations as biomass, such as willow, poplar and miscanthus.

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5. Peter and Sue Hill, Eve, 2005

Mud, mirror, steel, plants

Growing out of the landscape of Eden’s Myth and Folklore exhibit, this living sculpture is made of Eden clay, mirrors and planted with Stipa tenuissima.

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6. El Anatsui, Aziza Gate, 2004

Greenheart wood

These totems were carved from West African tropical hardwood. The wood was re-purposed from charred timbers rescued from a section of the nearby Falmouth Docks, built in 1860, which had been destroyed by fire. Anatsui draws connections between consumption, waste and human impact on the environment, while hinting at the broader narratives of the colonial and post-colonial economic and cultural exchange between Africa and the Western world.

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Photo credit: Ben Westoby

7. Don Francisco Montes Shuna and Yolanda Panduro Baneo, Vegetalistas paintings, 2001

Acrylic paint

These murals in Eden’s Rainforest Biome were painted by traditional Peruvian herbalists Don Francisco Montes Shuna and Yolanda Panduro Baneo. The paintings show their visions of the spirits of the plants they have worked with medicinally and a spiritual connection between plants and people.

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Photo credit: Steve Tanner

8. Heather Jansch, Crane and Pigs, 2003

Cork

In the wild, cork oak wood pastures provide a home for Iberian pigs and a variety of bird species. Heather Jansch decided to create life-size sculptures of these creatures out of the very cork that sustains them in the real world.

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9. Tim Shaw, The Rite of Dionysus, 2000-2004

Bronze

The sculptures depict the myth of Dionysus, Greek god of the vines, and his followers, the Maenads, who dance and writhe through the vines beating drums and sounding trumpets. The Dionysian myths are amongst the oldest stories linking mankind with nature. They serve as an insight into ancient civilisations, articulating truths of human nature that resonate with veracity to this day.

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Photo credit: Ben Westoby

10. Robert Bradford, Bombus the Giant Bee, 2001

Steel, plywood, cedar

Set amongst Eden’s flowerbeds next to the Biomes, Bombus the Giant Bee focuses upon the central significance of pollination in the ecology of plant life: the mutual dependency between plants and their insect pollinators. 

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11. Ryan Gander, To employ the mistress… It’s a French toff thing, 2015

Marble

Water courses through our bodies, our society and our planet. It is our lifeblood, yet is often taken for granted. This drinking fountain is fabricated as the artist’s wife Rebecca, leaning in for a kiss, and playfully spitting water. The sculpture references fountains in classical gardens, where mythological divinities and other strange creatures are turned into whimsical ‘natural’ springs.

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12. Julian Opie, Crowd. 4, 2018

LED Double-sided Monolith

Julian Opie explores cutting edge and ancient techniques to reinterpret the vocabulary of everyday life. In this new work, created for the Eden Project, a small group of people walk together but remain independent – creating a monument of a crowd or a flock.

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13. Studio Swine, ∞ Blue (Infinity Blue), 2018

Ceramic, robotics, water vapour

A huge ceramic ‘breathing’ sculpture pays homage to one of the world’s smallest but most important organisms: the cyanobacteria. Artist duo Studio Swine wanted to build a monument to these vital but invisible unsung heroes, in the same way as notable people are commemorated with statues.

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Photo credit: Ben Westoby

14. Peter Randall-Page, Seed, 2007

Granite

Made from a single piece of Cornish granite, Seed is based on the geometric principles underlying plant growth, as is the structure of the Core building itself. This pattern relates to the Fibonacci sequence and the golden proportion and can be seen in pinecones and sunflower heads amongst many other botanical examples. 

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15. Tim Shaw, The Drummer, 2011

Bronze

Inspired by the spirit of steely resilience of Cornwall’s people, The Drummer celebrates as it forces a mighty blow upon the drum. Originally commissioned by Cornwall Council, the sculpture is exhibited at the Eden Project while the Hall for Cornwall in Truro is being refurbished.

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Photo credit: Ben Westoby

16. Jenny Kendler, Birds Watching, 2018-2019

Reflective film, aluminium, steel frame

Birds Watching is a 40-foot-long sculpture composed of a ‘flock’ of one hundred reflective birds’ eyes mounted on aluminium. The colourful eyes glow – or gaze – back when hit with light, such as a camera flash. Each eye belongs to a species of bird considered endangered by climate change, creating a potent portrait of what we stand to lose.

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Photo credit: Ben Westoby