Unreal Estate Aberdeen (FREE DOWNLOAD)
Aberdeen Unreal-Estate is a creative project created by Gabrielle Reith that focuses on the city’s stunning, yet often overlooked ‘Granite Mile’: Union Street. Gabi has asked 10 artists, 1 writer, 1 musician, 1 photographer, 1 designer & 3 schools to create a range of interpretations & responses to Union Street. 10 buildings have been selected by Gabrielle & the Aberdeen Archives for their architectural and historical merits in order to garner artists’ responses.
The fantastic Charley Buchan (Fitlike Records boss) has rallied his roster to create five musical expressions for the Unreal Estate project. These are early “sketches” and are unfinished works – but they are so good, we wanted to give you a glimpse of the fantastic work Charley’s been doing.
Here is peek at what Kelly-Anne Cairns Artist has been up to and I think you will agree that the colours are really beautiful. Kelly is looking at the building formerly occupied by Woolworths, now McDonalds. We are so excited to see this work taking shape!
Here is another sneak peek at what Hilary Duncan Ceramics has been working on and you really start to get a feel for how much ceramic glazes change during the firing process. They are looking absolutely fantastic!
Photographer, John Rutherford, spent today on Aberdeen’s Union Street. John wanted to capture some of the featured Unreal Estate buildings in his own style, as an addition to his “building portraits” commissioned by this project.
The Happy Accident Collective visited The Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire archives last week aberdeencity.gov.uk/archivecatalogue They were shown some of the fantastic historical records and images they hold there relating to Number 520 Union St.
Here is a beautiful image of the elevation of the building, hand drawn by one of the many skilled architects responsible for designing Union St.