Well, I’m Nicky Wilson, and this is my husband, Robert Wilson, and we are at Jupiter Artland, which is on the outskirts of Edinburgh.
It’s 80 acres of land around a seventeenth century house. What we’ve tried to do is really just a private collection which we’ve opened to the public.
It’s been a very nerve-racking thing, opening to the public and to criticism. We are trying to make sure that the artists feel completely comfortable on this site, and that the land benefits.
It doesn’t stale like other sculpture parks, because it’s not plonked here, it’s very considered.
In a way, we are in awe of the way in which the artists have responded to the place. For instance, Jim Nambie – it reflects his very tenuous leap into the landscape, but at the same time, it’s all about reflection, and very subtly, he has picked up on everything that we’ve asked him to look at in the space.
They are almost like malcontents, the psychological kind of ghosts of this land.
The tree is slightly listing with what is apparently the weight of this enormous gun. It’s very evocative of a childhood of fairytale, but also it’s a very violent, latent violent piece, and it has a lot of sexuality in it.
I think also the fact that this garden is completely and utterly supported underground, so it’s a great engineering feat. So it’s not actually in any way leaning on the tree.
Antony Gormley was great. He really understood the landscape, and then he said, ‘But what I’m really interested in is looking beyond and outwit this landscape,’ and he brought all that view, which is quite a bucolic view, but also at the same time, in an industrial landscape as well.
I think one of the really great joys of working with the artists is them coming here. They choose their site, and so there is a beauty in that, because, one, they have thought very carefully about their work and how it will sit within the landscape; and equally, they are very respectful of the other artists.
And they really get into it. And we’re very honoured, in a way, that they’ve kind of taken us along on their journey.