To further entwine Ninewells and its community with the natural and historical context of the location, artists Peter Randall-Page and Laura Ellen Bacon are working with with the design team and the local community to create original public artworks that enrich the environment.

Both artists utilise natural materials to create large-scale, organic-looking sculptures that celebrate nature and connect with their context. As well as creating visual interest with a magical quality, each piece will tell a story about the intrinsic natural aspects of the area and help to engage people with their surroundings.


Peter Randall

Peter Randall-Page

Peter Randall-Page creates large-scale sculptures that embrace natural phenomena and express the idea of growth. His work is internationally acclaimed, and pieces can be seen in many urban and rural locations throughout the UK, as well as the Tate Gallery and the British Museum.

Peter’s art at Ninewells focuses on the natural flow of spring water around the terrain. Inspired by river systems and deltas, his huge granite bowllike sculpture features an intricate system of vein-like gullies or ‘rills’. It will be embedded into one of Ninewells’ two attenuation ponds creating a stunning centre piece in the landscape.

“My role as a sculptor will be to integrate my artwork into the fabric of the new landscape – making a positive virtue of the necessity to manage surface water in times of high rainfall.”

Laura Ellen Bacon

Laura Ellen Bacon

Laura Ellen Bacon is well known for her woven sculptures that integrate with the natural and built world. They can be found gracing numerous venues, from Chatsworth House to The Saatchi Gallery. Laura’s work at Ninewells is two-fold.

The first element, made with the help of the local community, is a series of delicate, woven willow artworks that knit into the hedgerow that runs along the bottom of the development. The second is a much larger work, sited in the open public space to the west of the development.. This piece comprises a curvaceous pair of natural forms that appear to grow either side of one of the pathways.

“The work should feel like an intriguing combination of having been both windswept and sculptured by nature but also very clearly shaped by hand and expertise – suggesting human design in collaboration with the elements.”

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