Contest #737: the Fife Earth Project / St Ninian’s Open Cast Mine, near Cowdenbeath, Scotland

The Fife Earth Project was supposed to turn the St. Ninians Opencast Mine into Scotland’s biggest piece of landscape art until the money ran out.

Local developers approached American artist and cultural theorist Charles Jencks who has a history of numerous landscape artworks across Scotland: the Garden of Cosmic Speculation, Cells of Life at Jupiter Artland, Crawick Multiverse, and Ueda at the Edinburgh Gallery of Modern Art.

Unfortunately, like many grand plans, the project was forced to scale back due to funding problems. The owner, Scottish Coal, was bankrupted in 2013 and the project was put indefinitely on hold. What remains is a rather bleak and desolate landscape giving an eerie post-industrial feel.

Found before the hint:

  • Paul Voestermans
  • hhgygy
  • Martin de Bock
  • Eloy Cano
  • Garfield
  • Lighthouse
  • Phil Ower