Below the Blanket
Take part in a walking meditation through the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh featuring art inspired by Scotland's Flow Country, the world's largest blanket bog in Caithness and Sutherland.
This summer from 24 July, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is delighted to be hosting Below the Blanket, a series of new artworks inspired by one of Scotland’s most extraordinary and unsung natural features, produced by renowned performance art house Cryptic.
The Flow Country is the world’s largest blanket bog, a vast mass of peat and Sphagnum moss, shot through with hundreds of lochs, that covers 200,000 hectares in Caithness and Sutherland. Home to many rare animals, birds, insects and plants, the peat also acts as a natural store for carbon, helping to offset the effects of climate change.
Artists Kathy Hinde, Luci Holland, Hannah Imlach, Heather Lander, Matthew Olden and composer Malcolm Lindsay have made work responding to the Flow Country’s wildlife and soundscape, the gradual process of peat formation, and even the way the blanket bog ‘breathes’ as it expands and contracts.
Visitors to the gardens will encounter artworks that are evocative, contemplative and beautiful – and will come away enlightened about this unique Scottish landscape.
Dates and Times
Wed 24 Jul – Sun 25 Aug 2019 (closed Tue)
19.00 – 21.00 (with intakes every 15 mins)
£14 / £12 RBGE Members / £8 Conc. / £4 Disabled (+ free carer ticket) + booking fee.
East Gate, Inverleith Row, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, EH3 5LP
Direct: 0871 220 0260
Online: SEE Tickets
Presented as part of The Peatland Partnership’s Flows to the Future Project in collaboration with lead partner RSPB Scotland and in association with RBGE, Below the Blanket is produced by Cryptic, with Creative Direction by Cathie Boyd. Supported by: National Lottery Heritage Fund, Scottish Natural Heritage, The Highland Council, Environmental Research Institute, Creative Scotland, PRSF's Talent Development Partnership and official drinks partner, The Old Curiosity Distillery.
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