> Crawick Multiverse
Crawick Multiverse is a beautiful new visitor attraction and work of land art near the town of Sanquhar in Dumfries & Galloway, which has transformed a former open cast coal mine into a world-class artland, visitor attraction and local amenity.
The Duke of Buccleuch committed £1 million to the Crawick Artland Trust, turning the derelict site on the Queensberry Estate into a stunning new artland, drawing visitors from around Scotland, the rest of the UK and beyond.
The site was designed by globally-renowned landscape artist Charles Jencks, a leading figure in landscape architecture who has created works across the globe such as the UK’s ‘Northumberlandia’ and ‘Garden of Cosmic Speculation’, and Beijing Olympic Park’s ‘Black Hole Terrace’.
The Crawick Multiverse was launched in June 2015 with a spectacular week of events. First came the community preview event, followed by a spectacular launch event which included sculpted costume, dance-theatre, poetry and over 30 performers.
This world-class landscape art design links the themes of space, astronomy and cosmology, creating a truly inspiring landmark that will appeal to everyone from art enthusiasts and scientists to the wider community. Crawick Multiverse is now a valuable local amenity providing multiple benefits to the community, and is used for many events, community groups and as an outdoor classroom for art, history, astronomy and geography.
The Duke of Buccleuch, who funded the land art, said: “Charles’ vision has transformed what was once a barren wasteland in need of love and attention into a visually stunning and intellectually stimulating landscape that will hopefully benefit the local area.”