Jyll Bradley creates the first standalone installation in the Fruitmarket Warehouse.
Jyll Bradley’s Pardes has evolved over several years, with the artist watching the transformation and delving into the history of the Fruitmarket’s new warehouse.
Bradley’s art draws on systems and structures of growth as metaphors for cultural exchange, place and identity. Here she has taken inspiration from the structures created by historic Scottish fruit growers to make the most of both the light and the natural warmth in the bricks of a walled fruit orchard, and to the cultural heritage of the Fruitmarket as an old fruit and vegetable warehouse. The title comes from an ancient name for a walled fruit garden that gave rise to the familiar word ‘paradise’.
While its form owes something to the leaning design of historic glasshouses for growing fruit, Pardes’ is primarily a minimal abstract sculpture. Six beams made in wood and live-edged perspex fly through the space from ceiling to floor. Lit from within, they create a canopy that envelopes the viewer in warm, green light, sustaining us through the darkest time of the year from Autumn to Spring.