Wednesday, 8 June 2016

High and Low in Snowdonia

LANDSCAPE #artist #AnthonyGarratt has completed work on ‘High and Low’, an outdoor painting installation in #Snowdonia, North Wales. The installation evokes a narrative about the history, geography, and industrial heritage of North Wales. It features two giant canvases, both of which were painted by the artist in situ. 

The first canvas floats on a vessel on a lake next to an abandoned copper mine on the flanks of Snowdon. It is a double-sided canvas and reveals itself to the viewer according to the direction of the prevailing wind. A second canvas hangs beneath a mountain in a disused slate cavern at Llechwedd, near Blaenau Ffestiniog. It’s in an underground chamber where men and boys toiled for 12 hours a day, six days a week, in semi-darkness.

The Welsh slate industry – which hit its production peak in the late 19th century – changed the landscape of North Wales and shaped the nature of its communities for generations.

The installation has been brought to Snowdonia by Bun Matthews, a local businesswoman who is passionate about landscape painting. Bun is owner of She hopes the installation will encourage visitors to make a deeper connection with the region's dramatic landscape and the forces that have shaped it.

The installation will be in place until November 2016.

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