“The Star of Caledonia is based on such inspiration and raises consciousness of further evolving discoveries – all energy bears the imprint of waves, even the recent discovery of gravitational waves at the outset of the universe."
“The landform part of the Star is really based on the kind of strange attractor which holds matter together in various self-organising patterns of gravity and dynamic movement that also relate to the energy and mathematical patterns that Cecil had derived. So with the movement of people on the landform and vehicles past the site the whole area will spiral and twist in counterpoint as do galaxies and stars."
Star of Caledonia is a project of form and landscape, and is the result of a fully integrated collaborative effort between Cecil Balmond and Charles Jencks. Charles Jencks describes the work:
“Crossing the border to Scotland, across the River Sark, is now a passage obscured under a bridge by cars travelling at speed. Instead of marking this with motorway signs we are using a landform and sculpture that pulls together the adjacent site, the distant hills and the Solway.
Nestled into the curving mound and springing from it is Cecil Balmond’s whirling creation. In one sense, it is a scintillating piece of calligraphy seen against the sky which will signify various meanings as you approach – starburst, energy and other images related to Scotland and Scottish identity. It all depends from where you see it in the landscape. These meanings emerge dramatically as you walk the site, but they are also taken up by the landform and embedded in its curves.”
The Star was born out of an idea by Balmond to capture the powerful energy, scientific heritage and magnetic pull of Scotland. Balmond’s design pays particular homage to Scottish innovation and particularly James Clerk Maxwell, the pre-eminent Scottish physicist, and mathematician noted for his groundbreaking work in electromagnetic theory. It was Maxwell who first said that light was energy and paved the way for Einstein and the other great thinkers of our modern world. Cecil Balmond explains:
“The Star of Caledonia is a Welcome; its kinetic form and light paths a constant trace of Scotland's power of invention. And I am delighted to be collaborating with Charles Jencks to create an integrated idea of this concept in both landscape and form.”
The Scottish mind has exceeded at innovation and has hugely contributed to our modern world in radio, television, phones, penicillin and the discovery of electromagnetism with its waveforms. The Star of Caledonia is based on such inspiration and raises consciousness of further evolving discoveries – all energy bears the imprint of waves, even the recent discovery of gravitational waves at the outset of the universe. I am honored to be working with the Gretna Landmark Trust to celebrate Scottish achievement and develop this border landmark as a symbol of Scotland’s creative power.