Art Installation Becomes Scottish Visual Narrative For Passersby


The incredible “Cathedral” wall installation by artist Michael Inglis is an explorative narrative cultivating the Scottish belief systems and highland myths. Over 200 feet long, the art piece took nearly a year to complete from conceptual drawings to actual installation.

b52cad4f5425278802daa5febda0a91d_f602Interestingly, Inglis’ interpretation is quite complex as he states that his work “…explores the belief systems of the highland community of Inverness and tells of their spiritual relationship with each other and with the land they inhabit, or perhaps the land which inhabits them, whatever the case I find it impossible to separate the two.”

The installation was separated into three sections and serves as a visual narrative, telling the story of Scottish heritage with no words.

Although that task may seem impossible, Inglis explored the visual impact the piece would have on passersby as they either walked or drove passed it. Those two interactions, although brief, are meant to invoke an emotional response or spark intrigue that will in Inglis’ words “…encourage them to think a little more about the content of the work.”

e538f8ff614c1d055d2c866d28d45331_f601Local sign company Acorn Signs installed the printed Dibond aluminum composite panels, which were chosen for their weatherability and durability properties, as this is an outdoor installation.

The panels came in about 5 by 10 feet sheets, and were manually installed with precision on site to ensure they aligned perfectly to create the effect of a single-paneled installation.

The work was commissioned by Inverness Old Town Art and funded by The Highland Council.

The concept behind the Cathedral installation in incredibly interesting and we encourage readers to visit Michael Inglis’ site to read more about it.

all information and photography courtesy of Michael Inglis