They say that golf spoils a good walk. At Jupiter Artland a beautiful walk is enhanced tenfold by the artworks that now seem integral to the landscape. The surprising thing about this sculpture park, which is just outside Edinburgh, is that it was one individual who came up with the grand idea, Nicky Wilson. Not only that, but she and her husband, Robert funded it from their own income.
When they bought the Bonnington Estate in 1999 with the proceeds of a successful homeopathic business, Nicky hadn’t planned on being a philanthropist in the best Victorian tradition, and she probably still wouldn’t describe herself as such, but the park, featuring some of Britain’s best known artists, is open to the public every summer. The park has just opened on Saturday 17 May for this summer; open days are Thursday to Sunday inclusive. Charles Jencks, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Ian Hamilton Finlay and Jim Lambie are just some of the artists whose works are on display.
Prices are £8.50 per adult and £4.50 for a child – the friends annual membership is £40 for a family of two adults and two children and includes invitations to private views, often including cocktails and canapés, as well as other events.