Bridge artwork bought for exhibition

  • 7 September 2007

The National Galleries of Scotland has bought a photographic artwork of the Forth Rail Bridge, which will become the centerpiece of a new exhibition in Edinburgh.

The work by German artist Dieter Appelt, Forth Bridge – Cinema.Metric Space (2002), was bought for just over £57,000, with £25,000 coming from independent art charity The Art Fund.

Mr Appelt, who was fascinated by the bridge when he first saw it, created the montage with 312 separate gelatine silver prints, reordering the segments.

The picture will be showcased at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery at an exhibition running from October 9 to January 6.

David Barrie, director of the Art Fund, said: “The Forth Rail Bridge is an iconic piece of Scottish engineering, and Mr Appelt’s dramatic representation is a highly appropriate purchase for the National Galleries of Scotland.

“The work will make an excellent centerpiece for the Scottish National Portrait Gallery’s forthcoming exhibition, and I’m delighted that, thanks to The Art Fund, it will have a permanent home in Edinburgh.”

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