Roberts Gun

Corten and cast iron rifle replica cantilevers 9m out of the ground whilst appearing to be propped by a tree.

Location
Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh

Artist
Cornelia Parker

This astonishing 9m tall replica of a gun is a homage to Gainsborough’s famous 18th Century painting Mr and Mrs Andrews in which Mr Andrews poses with a gun and hunting dog alongside his new wife beneath a tree. 


The gun is actually a faithful replica in corten and cast iron of Robert Wilson’s own 19th century hunting gun, co-owner of Jupiter Artland in the grounds of Bonnington House, Edinburgh. 

Whilst giving the impression of being casually propped against the adjacent tree, it is in fact engineered to cantilever out of the ground so that it imposes no load whatsoever on the tree. This is done using a steel frame, encased in concrete below ground, and anchored into the windstone rock below. 

 

Roberts Gun

Wilkieston

Edinburgh

EH27 8BB

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