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Location address: UK, Scotland, Crawick
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Crawick Multiverse is a major land restoration and art project in Dumfries & Galloway, utilising landscape art to transform a former open cast coal mine into an outdoor space that can be enjoyed by future generations. Privately funded by the Duke of Buccleuch and designed by globally-renowned landscape artist Charles Jencks, Crawick Multiverse is a stunning representation of exciting discoveries and theories of the universe.
The Crawick Muiltiverse has transformed a former open cast coal mine into a spectacular artland and public amenity. The ecology of the site, and the materials found within it, inspired its design which is based around space, astronomy and cosmology.
Did you know…
– Approximately 2,000 boulders have been used to create the Crawick Multiverse site
– The Sun amphitheatre can hold 5,000 spectators
– The north-south line comprises approximately 300 boulders
– The site spans approximately 55 acres
– The Northpoint provides a 20-mile 360 degree panoramic view
– Around 300 boulders were used to create the Multiverse landform
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Crawick Multiverse is a land art project by the landscape architect and designer Charles Jencks. It opened to the public in 2015. The project is located on the site of a former open cast coal mine and covers approximately 55 acres, making it significantly bigger than any of Jencks’ previous works in Britain. Nine ‘landforms’ make up the Crawick Multiverse. Like Jencks’ other work, including the nearby Garden of Cosmic Speculation, these represent ideas from modern cosmology. Unlike the Garden of Cosmic speculation, the Crawick Multiverse landforms use stone, in the style of the megalithic monuments. These include the ‘North-South Path’, a 400 meter long stone avenue flanked by over 300 boulders, and two stone circles on top of mounds representing the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies. In total, over 2000 boulders have been used in the project. Jencks has described it as “A cosmic landscape worthy of the ancients.”
The Duke of Buccleuch discusses the importance of the restoration of the former coal site for Dumfries and Galloway and why he chose to invest in creating something of such significance.