Following on from the success of last year's installation, Four on Anglesey, owner of Menai Holiday Cottages, Judith 'Bun' Matthews immediately set about bringing another incredible project to the region, with Anthony Garratt returning to North Wales in April 2016 for his second collaboration.
Coinciding with Wales' 'Year of Adventure', High and Low featured two paintings, both in exceptional locations in Snowdonia.
The 'High' painting was a double-sided canvas floating on an anchored vessel on Llyn Llydaw - a natural lake found en-route to Snowdon's summit, the 'Low' painting was suspended 250 feet underground in the Llechwedd Slate Caverns. Both locations are truly stunning and easily accessible.
High and Low created a unique visual experience for the viewer and encouraged them to ask questions about the settings in which the paintings stood and generated a greater understanding of the historic significance of the sites in which they were situated.
The name, High and Low is not only a reference to the geographical location of the paintings but also the emotional ups and downs which come and go within a landscape. The rise and fall of the mining industries, in particular, are prevalent in this area and the recent impacts they have had on both the societies and landscapes.
It was hoped that these two paintings would act as prompts for creative thinking, an opportunity to pause and simply take a further interest in the history and geography of the area. These paintings are multi-faceted, they simply offer a stunning visual; imagine the summit of Snowdon illuminated by the sun, the shadows cast through the valley onto the retired copper crushing mill and then the painting reflected in the lake trying to capture what thousands of artists historically have been inspired by. They also offered the opportunity to explore the areas mythology and history; from the treks of Sir Edmund Hillary, to the stories of King Arthur and the Lady of the Lake, to the copper mining industry, to the hydro power.
Four on Anglesey
In 2015, Bun commissioned the groundbreaking Four On Anglesey project by Anthony Garratt, attracting new visitors to this North Wales' island, which has long held a reputation of being a hive of creativity.
Locals and tourists alike greatly enjoyed the experience of seeking out the four paintings positioned around the Island. The project also caught the imagination of the media, with features in The Sunday Times, The Independent, BBC, ITV, Country Life Magazine and Coast Magazine, amongst others.
With any visual project such as this, photography whilst strong, can only say so much; that's why we like to use video to showcase the paintings and their locations, as well as tell a compelling story.
We're so proud to say that High and Low was featured on BBC's Countryfile. If you'd like to see this great segment, please click here.
On the top of the page is the short film about the project; spectacularly filmed and produced by Richard Broomhall, the film tracks the High and Low installation from beginning to end.
We are utterly delighted to have been nominated for this prestigious award and even more ecstatic to announce that we won! Take a look at the entry video below to find out why we were in the running.
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