Artwork using 10,000 red roses forms part of new exhibition

An installation featuring 10,000 red roses has been unveiled as part of a new exhibition in Edinburgh.

Anya Gallacio’s Red On Green is being shown as part of a major survey of her work at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One) in Edinburgh.

The artwork, first made in 1992, is a display of 10,000 fresh flowers which gradually wilt and decay over the course of the exhibition.

It is being shown as part of NOW, which will also feature the work of British artists Roger Hiorns and Charles Avery, French artist Aurelien Froment, French-Algerian artist Zineb Sedira, and a newly-commissioned installation from Peles Empire.

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Simon Groom, director of modern and contemporary art at the National Galleries of Scotland, said: “From the smell and sight of 10,000 red roses slowly decaying to an exploration of our obsession with sugar, NOW 5 offers new ways of seeing and thinking for everyone curious about the world around them.

“We want to create a playful, anarchic, thought-provoking experience for visitors, so expect to see the use of rope, ceramics, X-ray machines, sugar, obsidian, photography and live performances.

“We’re a place for art lovers, the curious, experience-seekers and families.

“We’ll have our temporary play park for children once again over the summer period next to the spectacular Landform by the artist Charles Jencks, so we are a great free day out for everyone.”

Paisley-born Gallacio will also present a series of existing pieces and new works specially commissioned for NOW which further explore her fascination with the effects of time on her materials.

The exhibition runs from June 1 to September 22.