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Katie Paterson: First There Is A Mountain

Sun 16 Jun, 11am–1pm. Free. Book via Eventbrite.
Meet at The Cake Stand, 50 Promenade, Portobello, Edinburgh, EH15 2BH.

Join us on Portobello Beach as part of Paterson’s UK-wide project, First There is a Mountain.

Paterson has created a set of buckets in the form of world mountains, which we will use to build sand mountain ranges across Portobello Beach. The work will play out the world’s natural geography and geology against the sea’s tidal times, as each mountain is formed and eroded within the cycle of a day. Each pail is a scale model of one of five mountains: Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mount Shasta (N. America), Mount Fuji (Asia), Stromboli (Europe), and Uluru (Oceania), nested together in a set.

Choreographed over the period of daylight saving time during British Summer Time, from 31 Mar–27 Oct 2019, the artwork will tour to twenty-five high profile coastal art organisations around the UK. First There is a Mountain connects world mountains to the smallest grains of sand. The artwork invites people to slow down and consider the interconnectedness of the world, from shifting coastlines across millennia, to our own eroding coastline.

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Mountains in Portobello by Doug Macdougall
Mountains in Portobello: who would have thought that these small peaks, precise, to scale, would grace this beach? This beach once trod by smugglers, Victorian ladies, Walter Scott. And George the fourth, in his military finery. Fuji, Shasta, Uluru. Stromboli. Kil-i-man-jaro. What is it about mountains that so beguiles us? Cathedrals of rock reaching for the sky, beckoning us to climb their summits for the sheer joy of pitting ourselves against a worthy adversary. Or maybe just for the view.