A jet of white water is forced skyward from a gravity-fed fountain placed downstream of a dramatic highland waterfall. Powered entirely by the immense natural energy of water, the intervention has been developed to explore
a number of related themes from debates on sustainability and energy use to questions of landscape identity and representation.

The work refers back to eighteenth century Scotland when a radical shift occured in the popular perception of Highland landscapes, transforming them from hostile wildernesses to be avoided to awe-inspiring destinations to be experienced. Artists were at the centre of this process, developing an essential romantic iconography of which dramatic waterfalls played a key role. The fountain too has long been a focal point for great landscaped gardens as a tool for taming, containing and re-presenting nature. In this way the fountain encourages a reconsideration of the very nature of nature.

James Winnett

James Winnett is a Glasgow based artist working primarily in sculpture, intervention and public art through an approach that merges processes of research, collaboration and documentation. Since receiving a BA(Hons) in Fine Art in 2006 he exhibited widely, undertaken international residencies and developed a range of collaborative public art projects across the UK.


Shuttle bus to the above location is available on Saturday 31st August, departing from CatStrand in New Galloway at:

12:05 14:35 15:30 16:30 17:30

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