Art at Prime Four
Art Installation Unveiled
A striking and vibrant artwork was unveiled today at the entrance to Prime Four Business Park in Kingswells.
The installation was created by Prime Four Artist-in-Residence, Rosemary Beaton, and uses the oil, gas and renewable energy sectors as a source of inspiration for the design.
Prime Four has established itself as a significant hub for the energy industry with majors Nexen, Transocean, Apache already based at the Business Park, and Premier Oil, De Vere Hotels, OneSubsea and Statoil to follow over the coming year.
The piece, entitled “Present & Future” is the first in a series of installations that will be designed and constructed as the Park expands.
The artwork makes a prominent visual statement alongside a new Prime Four sign at the entrance to the Park.
Artist-in-Residence Rosemary Beaton said:
“My intention was to create a visually interesting and thought provoking art piece which explores the relationship between man and the energy he cultivates from beneath the waves.
“I have tried to encompass imagery that explores man’s endeavour in the energy industries. Wave movement in particular seemed prominent in this thought process and I was drawn to the idea of bringing the fruit of man’s achievements to shore.
This is very relevant to the story of Aberdeen’s success and is highly pertinent to Prime Four given its status as a foremost business location for the energy industry within the City.”
Graeme Bone, Managing Director of developers Drum Property Group commented,
“It has long been recognised that a great working environment has a quantifiable effect on business performance, and Prime Four has been designed to deliver a socially and creatively stimulating environment for staff based at the park.
This fantastic entrance statement piece reflects the innovative and pioneering nature of both Prime Four and the tenants based here.”
About the Installation – “Present & Future”
Designed by Artist-in-Residence Rosemary Beaton 2014
The base of the entrance feature is a panoramic seascape set out in wave-form and built up in tiers. The piece flows away from the road suggesting infinite movement and possibilities. The seascape is 4m at its highest crest and measures 50m wide and 25m deep. Embedded within the shore wave are two steel semi transparent blue heads measuring 2m in height. The waves are formed in part by mounds of turfed grass, and the Heads routed within the shore wave are male and female. The female head resonates with the organic shapes of the grass waves and symbolises Man’s achievements. The male head is more geometric in form and faces upwards, symbolising mans’ aspirations within industry. Through the heads the land, sea and sky can be seen, focusing on the ever-changing environment.
The art piece was commissioned by Drum Property Group, Aberdeen in August 2012 and finished in March 2014.
The design of the large grass waves structure was realised by Open, landscape architects, Edinburgh and constructed by Sir Robert McAlpine .
The large blue Male and Female metal head sculptures were laser cut by Blueton, Denny and galvanised and finished with a high zinc primer, by Highland Colour Coaters, Cumbernauld.
About Artist-in-Residence Rosemary Beaton
Rosemary Beaton studied at The Glasgow School of Art at a time when great emphasis was put on teaching drawing and highly figurative painting was re-emerging. In 1984 whilst still a third year student she was the first Scot and youngest person to win the prestigious John Player National Portrait Award (now BP). She graduated with a first class Hons degree in 1985 and a highly commended post graduate in Fine Art in 1986. Her portrait of television journalist Sir Robin Day hangs in the National Portrait Gallery, London. Collections include Micasa Apart Hotel in Aberdeen, and the BBC.