In Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, our 2016 commissions programme explores one of the most important points of intersection for art and architecture in our city: the monument. Whether buildings in miniature or sculpture writ large, monuments inhabit a curious no- man’s land between art and architecture.
The programme takes its title from the Roman poet Horace. Writing just over twenty centuries ago, Horace’s Ode 3.30 opens with the claim, ‘I have built a monument more lasting than bronze’, celebrating the power of (his) words to outlive any conventional monument. And Horace may well have been right. While we still read his poetry today, our cities are filled with monuments (bronze or otherwise), many of which have long since become ‘part of the furniture’, their original power and significance invisible to contemporary audiences. Across the UK and internationally, communities are also beginning to debate whether monuments to certain individuals or events (most recently Cecil Rhodes in Oxford) should be de-commissioned – a contemporary expression of the longstanding practice of toppling statues of hated rulers.
Featuring new work by 7 artists working in Scotland and internationally, More Lasting than Bronze explores what or how we choose to publicly commemorate, through a diverse series of interventions and propositions, whether exploring new forms of monument, or reflecting on those things which we choose to forget (or forget to remember).
To find out more about the individual commissions please click here
Supported by the Scottish Government Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund, EventScotland and taking place in the
Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.