Toby Paterson returns to Edinburgh to create a new work inspired by Patrick Geddes’ detailed and empirical surveys of cities as a means to study human activity and society. The Sociology of Autumn – developed for Chessels Court and commissioned by the Edinburgh Art Festival – reflects Paterson’s interest in Geddes’ work, alongside his own signature aesthetic which is heavily influenced by modernism and the utopian ideas that underpin a post-war British approach to public space. Located in a tranquil close associated with a network of green spaces in the Old Town, the work borrows its title from Geddes’ 1895 essay of the same name.
Toby Paterson, The Sociology of Autumn, until 27 August, part of the Edinburgh Art Festival, Chessels Court, Edinburgh.
1. Salt Corrosion, Toby Paterson.