Artist Joana Vasconcelos Transforms Pool in Scotland

Artist Joana Vasconcelos Transforms Pool in Scotland
Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos has created a new installment in Scotland. This time, Joana turns her attention to a pool in Jupiter Artland in Edinburgh. The 9-metre pool was transformed into a vibrant display of art based off of her own astrological chart, work Joan is known for. Titled 'Gateway', the work was three years in the making and is meant to serve as a “joyful and spirited dimension, leading to a connection with the energy of the Earth,” according to Vasconcelos. 

 
Gateway is constructed of 11,366 hand-painted and glazed tiles that are each uniquely different. Every piece used to form the pool is a one-of-one that was created at Viúva Lamego, a 100-year-old factory in Portugal, in collaboration with Atelier Joana Vasconcelos.


Together, the tiles form a cohesive pattern of swirling lines, showcasing various colours like purple, red, yellow, blue and orange throughout. The pool is surrounded by green yew hedges that mark the “limit to the artist’s intervention,” which Vasconcelos planned out according to the park’s leylines (alignments throughout the earth that are believe to channel energy and connect spiritual sites around the world).

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