‘The Unknown’ Exhibition at The Black Watch Castle & Museum

April 1, 2016 by Perthshire Creates

The Unknown by Alison Kinnard MBE opened at The Black Watch Castle and Museum on 5th March and runs until 30 May 2016.

This thought provoking exhibition comprises of an installation of 52 glass figures. The glass army was created as an artist response to war; the conflict in todays’ world and the memories of past conflicts. The Soldiers are arranged in ranks and appear in uniform but each is uniquely engraved, each is an individual.  Within the installation there is a number of civilian figures who can be seen as the ‘collateral damage’ of warfare and highlights the impact of war on us all. The figures are lit with LEDs, invisibly contained in the base, which trap and transmit the light into each soldier.

The installation makes references to the Terracotta Army of the Chinese Emperors, who were intended to accompany him into the afterlife. The transparency of the glass emphasises the ghost-like feeling of the figures.

The Unknown has toured throughout Scotland including the Scottish Parliament, Aberdeen Art Gallery, The Highlanders Museum and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

To learn more about the story behind this exhibition Alison Kinnard will be giving a talk on 16th May, 1.30pm at The Black Watch Castle & Museum, Tel: 01738 638152

Image credit: Robin Morton