On the tartan farm

Ahead of Scotland’s referendum on Thursday, a vivid night-time celebration of the country’s most famous pattern style has been unveiled on a farm near Edinburgh. Created by street artists TrenchOne, Elph and Purshone a giant projection covers a house, a barn and group of log cabins in what can only be described as tartan light

Ahead of Scotland’s referendum on Thursday, a vivid night-time celebration of the country’s most famous pattern style has been unveiled on a farm near Edinburgh. Created by street artists TrenchOne, Elph and Purshone a giant projection covers a house, a barn and group of log cabins in what can only be described as tartan light…

Leyden Farm in West Lothian has been transformed using projection mapping in a project conceived and commissioned by event company mclcreate. The effect is to drench the farm buildings in some particularly adventurous tartan patterning (which reminded me of the old joke about sending an apprentice to the shop for tartan paint – and a left handed hammer, a bubble for the spirit level while they’re at it).

The artists – real names Ross Blair, Brian Mcfeely and Craig Robertson – apparently spent months devising the installation and collaborated with filmmaker Mike Guest and musician Jenifer Austin as the art collective Projector Club.

While the majority of the politically-motivated visual statements in recent weeks have made use of the two words at the centre of the Scottish referendum – with the Yes vote seemingly outplaying the No in terms of ambition: see the giant ‘Yes’ on the rock beneath Edinburgh Castle – the creators claim that the new installation wasn’t made in support of either the standpoint and is simply a celebration of Scotland’s past and its future.

Also involved with the project was Andy Stentiford (funktion creep); projectionist Jason Vagionakis (mclcreate senior tech); with technical logistics by Stuart Holligan (mclcreate warehouse supervisor).

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