A Former Coal Mine Has Been Transformed Into An Artistic Landscape
Landscape artist Charles Jencks, has completed the transformation of Crawick Multiverse, a formal coal mine that has now become a 55-acre artland, visitor attraction and public amenity, located in Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland.
About the project
Crawick Multiverse is a major land restoration and art project in Dumfries & Galloway, utilising landscape art to transform a former open cast coal mine into an outdoor space that can be enjoyed by future generations.
Privately funded by the Duke of Buccleuch and designed by globally-renowned landscape artist Charles Jencks, Crawick Multiverse is a stunning representation of exciting discoveries and theories of the universe.
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.
Materials found on the expansive site, from tonnes of earth to some 2,000 large boulders, were used to create the work of art in Upper Nithsdale in the heart of Dumfries and Galloway, which is expected to provide an economic boost to local communities as well as attracting international visitors.
The Duke of Buccleuch said: “Not only has Charles Jencks transformed a brutal eyesore into a landscape of awesome scale and beauty but he has also created something that just might be a catalyst for transformation in this neglected corner of rural Scotland. We are deeply grateful that an artist of his international reputation should have dedicated himself so passionately to this vision.”
The site is managed by the Crawick Artland Trust which includes trustees from the local communities surrounding the site.
Design: Charles Jencks
Photography: Charles Jencks