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New artwork by University Alumna marks university campus centenary

As part of a programme of celebratory events to mark The King’s Building campus centenary (known as KB101), the College of Science and Engineering have commissioned a permanent work of art by the internationally renowned artist Katie Paterson.

Chosen by a panel following the University commissioning guidelines, Paterson has been working with the University’s Art Collection Curatorial staff since 2019 to realise this new and ambitious artwork.   

Katie Paterson has a long-standing connection to the University; not only as a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, but also as an honorary fellow, a position obtained in 2013 because of her ‘major contribution in fostering collaboration between the arts and sciences.’She is widely regarded as one of the leading artists of her generation, has exhibited internationally, and her work forms part of many public collections, including the University of Edinburgh Art Collection. 

The work, 'Ideas' (2021) will take the form of one hundred three-line texts cut in stainless steel (each an ‘Idea’), that will be situated in a variety of locations in and around The King's Buildings campus. Due to be installed in autumn 2021, some 'Ideas' will be immediately visible and others will be hidden in unexpected places, at varying levels, high and low. The locations will include internal and exterior walls, as well as among the grounds and gardens of The King's Buildings. Each 'Idea' is inspired by scientific thought and research, and the subject-matter is wide-ranging, from the first colours on earth to the universe’s last stars; involving fields such as chemistry, biology, astronomy, geology, and geography. 

Read more about the commission and centenary project.  

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a text cut in stainless steel reading 'A photograph of the earth exposed since time began and installed on a stone wall
Installation shot, Ideas (2021) by Katie Paterson at The King’s Building Campus. Micro water-jet cut stainless steel. Photography by John McKenzie.