The sculpture in the photo was created by the Japanese artist Hideo Furuta. The piece is called ‘Breathing’ and was commissioned to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in 1992.
The Suttie Arts Space in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary has been created by Grampian Hospitals Art Trust as a quiet space which is not a café or a waiting room where can you go to rest, meet up or recoup for the next part of your journey.
The current exhibition is Terra Nova from the FOUND Collective. FOUND is an Edinburgh-based art collective and band with a membership that changes over time. Currently, the art collective primarily consists of Ziggy Campbell and Simon Kirby, whereas the band features Ziggy Campbell and Kev Sim.
The Terra Nova installation is based on photographs taken by Dr William Clark Souter in 1903 when he sailed to Antarctica on the ship Terra Nova to rescue Captain Scott’s ship Discovery from the ice. These photographs have been combined with recent images of Antarctica taken from Google Street View using special software.
Dr Souter, a junior doctor at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, was asked to act as the ship’s surgeon. He was a keen photographer, and was tasked with documenting the expedition, the crew, their shared lunches of lemons and biscuits, journeys by dog sled, and particularly of the pioneering ballistics work to force a safe path through ice led by Captain Harry McKay of the Terra Nova. His photographs are now housed within the University of Aberdeen Special Collections Centre.
Google photographers have now gone to Antarctica with backpack cameras that allow imagery to be captured on foot, so you can follow in Dr Souter’s steps using Google Street View.
“Purpose built software scans the horizon of these images and uses the data within to trigger sounds. New abstracted images are created as a side-effect of the scanning process and these are displayed as a static “snapshots” on the gallery walls, and as a moving image of the data that the installation is processing in real time.”
Ziggy Campbell and Simon Kirby – FOUND Collective
The Terra Nova exhibition is on until 14th February, so if you have a few minutes do visit. The gallery is free and is open 24/7.
Daffodils in bloom outside Aberdeen Royal Infirmary with the Suttie Centre for Teaching and Learning in Healthcare behind. The daffodil is the national flower of Wales, and is worn on St David’s Day each 1 March. (In Welsh, the daffodil is known as “Peter‘s Leek”, cenhinen Bedr/Cenin pedr.)