Callum Innes: The Regent Bridge
Casting light on an Edinburgh landmark
This article is from 2012.
Callum Innes’ first public art commission is easy to miss at certain times of day. Using a simple strip of lights along the length of each pavement under the Regent Bridge, at night Innes’ installation lights up the walls above and casts eerie light and static shadows towards the bridge’s arch.
The nature of ‘The Regent Bridge’, made with lighting artist Gavin Fraser, means it is in a constant state of change and will be experienced differently each time it is seen. At dusk it is subtle, barely there and only just noticeable – a thin layer of colour reminiscent in effect of Innes’ paintings. The light colours change too, meaning the work both contrasts to and other times complements the dark, sinister tunnel and its dripping, dirty walls, which lurk under the impressive bridge above.
Not helped by a delay to its opening due to a manufacturing fault, there is a slight sense of anticlimax to this work – but it still transforms and illuminates the dark underside of this significant piece of Edinburgh’s architecture.
Ingleby Gallery, 556 4441, until 2 Sep, free.