Timeline Susan Philipsz Limited Edition Print

Timeline Susan Philipsz Limited Edition Print


Edinburgh’s One O’Clock Gun has long marked time in the city.
In the nineteenth century the gun was the means by which ships in the nearby Port of Leith and Firth of Forth set their clocks and chronometers.

In 1861, to ensure that the timing of the gun was perfectly accurate, a 1,225 metre cable was hung over the city between a master clock on Calton Hill and Edinburgh Castle. At the same time a map, the Time Gun Map, was produced to show the time taken for the sound of the gun to reach di­erent parts of the city.

For Edinburgh Art Festival 2012, the artist Susan Philipsz has created Timeline, a sound installation across multiple sites which retraces this now invisible line between Calton Hill and the Castle. Every day at one o’clock the artist’s voice calls out in response to the gun, in harmonised tones which move in quick succession across the city from East to West.

To commemorate this installation, Susan Philipsz has produced a limited edition fine art print, re interpreting the original Time Gun Map by moving its epicentre from the Castle to Calton Hill, the site of the first speaker in Timeline’s sequence.

Susan Philipsz was born in Glasgow in 1965 and now lives in Berlin. She won the Turner Prize in 2010.

  • Size 50 x 50 cm
  • Edition Limited to 100
  • Frame Unframed and unmounted

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