TWO Iconic Edinburgh artworks are to feature in what has been billed as the world’s largest art show.
The famous oil painting Reverend Dr Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch by Sir Henry Raeburn and modern artwork ‘Work No. 975: EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT’ by Martin Creed will form part of the Art Everywhere exhibition.
The event will see the country’s best-loved art showcased across Britain on thousands of poster and billboard sites.
All of the entries were nominated by the public.
The figure of the serene skater will come as no surprise to many – given the National Gallery situated masterpiece it is often cited as one of Scotland’s best loved artworks. But the neon lettering of the work which adorns the National Gallery of Modern Art is seen as a more offbeat choice – and a sign the public is becoming more experimental in its artistic tastes.
Either way, Edinburgh arts impresario Richard De Marco believes the nationwide free art show is a fantastic idea.
The project is the brainchild of Innocent smoothie millionaire Richard Reed.
The fortnight-long celebration will see nearly 60 British artworks plastered over sites normally occupied by fee-paying advertisements.
In keeping with modern tech, all of the colourful public artworks will be fully interactive allowing people to find out more about the painting and artist via their mobile phone.
The ambitious plan has also won backing from the Tate, the Art Fund and the world’s richest artist Damien Hirst, 48, who sprang to fame when he suspended a shark in formaldehyde.
The public’s top ten range from John Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shalott to the sculptural installation Cold Dark Matter by Cornelia Parker.Around 90 per cent of the UK’s adult population will see the works.
Art Everywhere will run from August 12-25.
Frame by frame analysis
The 57 artworks chosen by the public included:
1. John William Waterhouse, The Lady of Shalott, 1888
2. Sir John Everett Millais, Ophelia, 1851-2
3. Francis Bacon, Head VI, 1949
4. John Singer Sargent, Gassed, 1919
5. Lucian Freud, Man’s Head (Self Portrait I), 1963
6. JMW Turner, The Fighting Temeraire, 1839
7. Alfred Wallis, Five Ships, Mount’s Bay, c. 1928
8. LS Lowry, Going to the Match, 1953
20. Sir Henry Raeburn, Revd Dr Robert Walker (1755 – 1808) Skating on Duddingston Loch, c. 1795
56. Martin Creed, Work No. 975: EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT, 2008