Charles Avery: Tree no. 5 (from the Jadindagadend)

PREVIEW: 14 Oct 6:30 – 9pm

Parasol unit is pleased to announce Charles Avery, Tree no.5 (from the Jadindagadendar), 2015, as part of the foundation’s Parasolstice – Winter Light 2015 programme and will be exhibited on the terrace at Parasol unit from 8 October – 6 December 2015. The illuminated sculpture is due to be unveiled at Edinburgh Art Festival as part of the Improbable City, festival projects from 30 July – 30 August 2015.

Charles Avery’s The Islanders is an evolving lifelong project, dedicated to describing the inhabitants, flora and fauna of a fictional island. In a constantly growing body of work (drawing, sculpture and film), Avery explores and records in precise detail the customs, myths, religions and rituals of the islanders. At the heart of the island is Onomatopoeia, once a bustling port and boomtown, now in a state of extended decline. Onomatopoeia’s municipal park is called the Jadindagadendar, and is filled, not with living botanical specimens, but with artificial trees, flowers and shrubs, an expression of the islanders’ refutation of nature.

For Parasolstice 2015, Avery will realize a tree from the Jadindagadendar. Over five metres tall and ripe with strange fruit, it is cast in bronze, and draws entirely on mathematical equations (including the square root of 2 as well as the Fibonacci sequence) for its design. Part plant, part sculpture, part temple, Avery’s tree sits within our world and outside it, offering a meeting point, or a place for momentary escape and contemplation.

Avery views these objects almost as souvenirs or specimens, brought back to our world by a visitor to the Island. Situated in Waverley Station – the only station in the world to be called after a novel (Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley) – Avery’s tree finds a suitably fictional home.

With additional support from Baillie Gifford Investment Managers and Edinburgh World Heritage.

Commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival and Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art.