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New exhibition, Unknown, by Alison Kinnard24th Mar 2016

The Black Watch Castle and Museum welcomes new exhibition, Unknown

The Unknown by Alison Kinnard MBE will opened at the Castle and Museum on 5th March.

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.

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

Nicola Moss, Collections Assistant at 'The Black Watch Castle and Museum tells us, “We are delighted to be the next exhibitor of 'Unknown' by Alison Kinnarid. This is a wonderful opportunity for visitors of the Museum to experience the incredible wheel-engraved glass installation of both soldiers and civilians. With lighting highlighting individuals, this installation has developed an almost spiritual appeal which The Black Watch Castle and Museum are delighted to be a part of.'

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 and Museum.

(Image credit Robin Morton)