High and Low in Snowdonia

Published: Friday 15th Apr 2016

Written by: Ginnie James

I am not one for modern art and when I hear the phrase ‘art installation’ my heart usually sinks a little bit, but reading about ‘High and Low’ by Anthony Garratt on today’s news actually made me want to climb a mountain!

Anthony Garratt is a leading light of up and coming British landscape artists and it seems that the main source of inspiration for this work is our wonderful landscapes and our ever changing weather. I have looked up some of his pictures online and although abstract you can see the shape of the scenery and sense the power of the landscape.

The climate was certainly an adversary as well as a muse for him with his latest work. Anthony travelled to the Miners’ Track which leads from Nant Peris to the summit of Mount Snowdon and with the help of a 10 person team an enormous panel was carried up the mountain to the shores of Llyn Llydaw and the ruins of the ore crushing mill, a testament to the industrial heritage that has shaped the ancient landscape in more recent centuries.

It was important to Anthony that all the materials needed were taken up the track by manual power only, echoing the experience of the generations of copper miners who lived and worked in the shadow of the mountain. Once he found his spot he set to work creating a two sided painting, with one side being the view of the Miners’ Track and other being an aspect of the summit.

The rain did try to wash away the painting in the early stages and as the artist said “We are continually reminded of the weather here – it is very volatile – very exciting”; but the finished product is now in place, floating on the lake. So again it is the weather that decides which side of the painting you see as you walk along the track.

That’s the ‘High’ but what of the ‘Low’? The Llechwedd Slate Caverns will be the home for the second installation in the series with the picture focussing on the other extreme of the industrial landscape with a depiction of the underground mines. Anthony will be using slate dust and copper to create more of a heavy feel and with the use of the natural materials will mean that in the cavern environment the picture itself will start to rust and crumble. You can see pictures and more quotes from Anthony on the BBC news.

Fascinating stuff! It makes me want to broaden my horizons when it comes to art and not just gravitate towards pretty photographic type paintings. The High and Low installation will remain in place until late this autumn so do come and visit the Snowdonia National Park and take a look for yourself. We have some fantastic properties within the park itself and you can have a look at all the details on our Snowdonia Cottages page.


Ginnie James
Ginnie James



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