Horizon Rising is a continuum of David Cass’s practice on environmental themes – in particular sea level rise – over the decade since graduating from Edinburgh College of Art. His work is of particular relevance to North Uist and Taigh Chearsabhagh.
Each one of these artworks has been painted from imagination; and many are titled as a percentage, charting a rising horizon-line. Each piece has been painted upon a recycled substrate. Often, the surfaces themselves make reference to reasons behind sea rise: a copper boiler hints at thermal expansion; steel advertisements for motor oil and road signs reference pollution and over consumption.
The exhibition opens as Scotland’s ‘Year of Coasts & Waters’ begins. As new data emerges on the state of our planet’s health, the need to act becomes ever more urgent. The horizon is no far-off or distant concern for coastal communities such as the Outer Hebrides.
“David Cass illuminates an alternative future. A future where the products we consume have lives beyond landfill sites. A future where resources are part of a circular economy, one that recognises their value and the true cost of their waste… The horizon is rising. Just how far is now down to us.”
— Professor David Reay: Chair in Carbon Management, Edinburgh University