by Robert Montgomery
"Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, and also where I went to university and art college. So I was very touched by Sorcha Carey's invitation to do a piece for the Edinburgh Art Festival, I think under her direction it has become one of the most important art festivals in Europe and I was honoured to show alongside Gabriel Orozco and Franz West. It was a very emotional return for me, especially because I got to spend time with the two artists who inspired me most as a student- Jason Herzmark and John Ayscough.
Edinburgh has always felt to me a city of deep beauty and conflict, a site of conflict between Pagan's and Puritan's for centuries. You can feel this in it's architecture, Edinburgh is exactly 50% the ancient capital of a sacred lost Celtic people, exactly 50% Garrison Town, built to lock the locals down.
So my piece for the Festival is about that and it says ...
RATHER THE RAIN ON THE WINDOW
OF THE CASTLE THAN THE CASTLE
ITSELF. RATHER THE FLIGHT OF
THE BIRD, RATHER BURNED
We set fire to it on the mound below the castle at 10pm on Thursday the 1st of August, the burning of the poem is what you see in this film and it's dedicated to the radical spirit of the people of Bathgate and to the steelworkers of Ravenscraig."
A FILM BY ADAM & TREE
Camera : Rowan Hand, Tree Carr, Adam Carr
Music : Tree Carr
Editing : Adam Carr
Commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival
Supported by Baillie Gifford Investment Managers, The Scottish Government's Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund