Jupiter Artland Logo by Iain Mckintosh, illustrator
Edinburgh has a unbelievable private sculpture garden called Jupiter Artland, a private (no public funding!) sculptural park featuring a magical collection of outdoor land art and more. Nicky and Robert Wilson created Jupiter Artland on the grounds of their 80 acre home, Bonnington House in West Lothian. It is what they call, "their life's work."
Jupiter Artland is open on weekends, during the summer, for a modest entrance fee.
Photo from Times On Line of Life Mounds at Jupiter Artland
The marvels they feature include a Charles Jencks earth sculpture called Life Mounds which is bisected by the driveway up to the house. See above photo.
Jupiter Artland Map by Iain McIntosh, illustrator
Robert Wilson, in an interview with Anna Burnside of the Sunday Times said, "“I dislike private collections that are not open to the public," He wants to share his wonder with others. “Otherwise it’s like King Midas, sitting on his own, counting his money.”
And Nicky Wilson spearheaded this amazing park:
Here is the statement by Charles Jencks on his Life Mounds:
There are other amazing pieces here such as Andy Goldsworthy's Stone Coppice — 54 boulders inserted into coppiced sycamore trees — and Peter Liversidge's signpost pointing to the planet Jupiter. Wilson ultimately says that his Jupiter Artland. “....gives the woods a reason for being. It becomes so much more than a pretty landscape.”
...and then some.
This is a Great short video on The Wilsons and their Jupiter Artland - phenomenal!