Arts fes­ti­val pon­ders the tran­sience of life

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Na­ture lovers, who take a stroll around Haddo House this week, are be­ing en­cour­aged to con­tem­plate the mean­ing of life with the ar­rival of new art in­stal­la­tions around the es­tate’s cir­cu­lar route.

As part of this year’s Haddo Arts Fes­ti­val, cur­rent and for­mer stu­dents of Gray’s School of Art have cre­ated 17 pieces through­out the coun­try park, based near Tarves, en­ti­tled ‘Dawn to Dusk’.

The project has been in­spired by Is­raeli poet, Ye­huda Amichai, whose poem ‘Like our bod­ies im­print’ is also fea­tured within the trail, and its aim is to ex­plore “Na­ture, Art and Hu­man­ity”.

Haddo Arts spokes­woman, Cathy Guthrie, ex­plained the ini­tia­tive was de­signed to make peo­ple mind­ful of the tran­sience of life.

She said: “The works ex­plore the im­pact of hu­man­ity on the land­scape and also the im­pact of the land­scape on our hu­man­ity.

“Amichai’s poem draws upon his ex­pe­ri­ence as a refugee from Nazi Ger­many who lost fam­ily mem­bers and loved ones to the Holo­caust, and ex­plores the fleet­ing na­ture of our lives and how lit­tle we leave be­hind.”

The works have been cre­ated from an ar­ray of ma­te­ri­als, gath­ered from across the Coun­try Park and else­where in Aberdeen­shire. They will be al­lowed to de­cay back into the land­scape as part of the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Haddo Arts Fes­ti­val is a project of the new char­ity Haddo Arts. For in­for­ma­tion visit: www.had­doarts.com/ haddo-arts-fes­ti­val-2017/

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