New campus artwork to be discussed on walking tour

Glasgow-based artist Alan Rutherford is to hold a walking tour around Airthrey Loch on February 24, encouraging people to view and discuss his latest artwork.

The work, entitled ‘Turning Point’, consists of eight road signs placed around the loch. It will remain on display throughout February.

Rutherford says his artwork is “influenced by the recent mass migrations of people across Europe”, adding: “The work places the image of a fork in the road at its centre. The familiar language of the road sign becomes a signifier for both direction and journeys.

“The symbol is used in conjunction with text that represents pseudo-destinations that are entirely non-geographical non-places. However, these places can still be entirely valid destinations and these destinations suggest narratives of movement, choices, aspirations, dreams and failures. The signs speak of a ‘call to action’ where people are challenged to make choices within conflicted and divided situations.

“The pathways around the loch and the rural nature of the campus provide ideal settings to present the work. The works are placed in unexpected places, functioning along similar lines to that of graffiti artists.

“The environment sets the work within the context of movement, encounter and discovery, for the work can only be accessed and explored by foot.”

Those hoping to participate in the walking tour are to meet outside the Macrobert Arts Centre at 10.30am on Saturday.

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