Public Art Shorts

David Forsyth in front of his text based sculpturehe text

In this series of short films created with Liv Laumenech, University of Edinburgh Public Art Officer, and Neil Lebeter, former Art Collections Curator & Deputy Head of Museums at The University of Edinburgh, the artists who created public art works around the University discuss their processes and inspiration for each of the works. The short films are all licensed on various Creative Commons licences.


Susan Collis: The Next Big Thing…Is A Series Of Little Things

In 2017 The Next Big Thing…Is a Series of Little Things was installed in Bristo Square. This new permanent artwork was commissioned by the University of Edinburgh as part of the redevelopment of the square and McEwan Hall.

Artist Susan Collis shares her thoughts about her inspiration and how she created this work.

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Nathan Coley

Commissioned to coincide with the Main Library’s 50th anniversary in 2018, artist Nathan Coley found inspiration for his site-specific installation from the archives of the Centre for Research Collections. The rather ambiguous phrase is left open to interpretation. In the clip, he discusses his process and inspiration from Ian Hamilton Finlay for the text-based sculpture within the context of the building, its history, contents, and function. The feature is in discussion with Neil Lebeter, former Art Collections Curator & Deputy Head of Museums at The University of Edinburgh.

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William Darrel

University of Edinburgh Public Art Officer, Liv Laumenech, and artist, William Darrell discuss the context and creation of the revered bronze rhino head sculpture outside the Informatics building on campus, Untitled (Rhino Head), 2011. The rhino head sculpture pays tribute to a site of great municipal and cultural identity, Jim Haynes’ 1960s Paperback Bookshop, which once stood in the place of the installation and the Informatics Building. The bookshop was iconized by a large taxidermy rhino head which was hung on the exterior of the shop, an ode to many literary references.

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David Forsyth

University of Edinburgh public art officer, Liv Laumenech provides site-specific context while artist Davy Forsyth recounts the process and inspiration of his public artwork, Byte, as he also reads poetry inscribed on the bronze pages of his sculpture. This pixelating book installation commemorates Jim Haynes’ 1960s Paperback Bookshop along with the University’s merger with the Edinburgh College of Art. It was commissioned in 2011 along with the nearby bronze Rhino Head.

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Header Image: Screenshot from the short film ‘Nathan Coley’