Putting Jupiter Artland on the digital map

Attraction to feature on Minecraft with the help of University experts

Date posted

7 March 2016


A sculpture park showcasing work by leading artists on a country estate is to be turned into a virtual reality experience with the help of University experts.

An entire “digital world” inspired by works at Jupiter Artland will be available to explore via the popular video game Minecraft within months.

The private collection of Robert and Nicky Wilson - who opened the attraction on their 100-acre estate to the west of Edinburgh seven years ago – is being digitally mapped.

Their Jupiter Artland Foundation charity has joined forces with design experts at Edinburgh Napier University to launch the “digital Lego” version of the attraction.

Maps, photographs, geological studies, a GoPro camera and even a drone were deployed by final-year design student Agnieszka Banach to produce an “immersive digital experience,” which will be launched at the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Work by the likes of Antony Gormley, Charles Jencks, Andy Goldsworthy, Nathan Coley, Jim Lambie and Cornelia Parker are being recreated for the venture, which will help promote the sculpture park around the world.

Minecraft players will also be able to create their own worlds inspired by the real-life art trail which has been created amid the woodland and meadows at the estate.

Pupils from nearby Ratho Primary School, who are among the 10,000 youngsters to visit the attraction every year, have been testing out the “3D facsimile” version of Jupiter Artland.

It has been developed following previous Jupiter Artland projects with the university’s Centre for Interactive Design to develop an audio guide then an interactive mobile app for visitors to help navigate them around the grounds.

Helena Barrett, education officer at Jupiter Artland, said: “We’re really interested in the digital development side of things here. It can really help to engage with a wider audience, especially younger people who can be harder to reach. Minecraft is hugely popular among children under the age of ten.”

Tom Flint, programme leader of the interactive media design course at the university, said: “Jupiter Artland has a mission that every child in Scotland should be able to experience it. The next stage of this project will be to find out whether a Minecraft version of Jupiter Artland is enough of an experience for them to get as much out of as I know they do when they visit.”