Lumir Soukup

1956 - 2006

Landscape and environmental artist. Born in Glasgow, Soukup trained at Glasgow School of Art and then studied landscape architecture at the University of Edinburgh.

His most notable work is perhaps the 35-m (120-foot) long Bathgate Face, modelled on the combined features of 1200 local residents, which was named amongst a top-ten list of Scottish landscape art. It became controversial when it was threatened with destruction to make way for a housing development and then allowed to fall into disrepair. His other works included Wonderland, where Randolph Crescent in Edinburgh's New Town was covered in horticultural fleece for the Edinburgh Festival in 2003 and Tarpot, a tartan garden for the International Festival at Chaumont-sur-Loire (France, 1999), together with several surrealist paintings.

He lived in Edinburgh, but died near Lyon (France).

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