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Jupiter Artland In Minecraft

World Earth Day Sculpture Challenge Challenge closes 16th May 2020

On Wednesday 22 April we celebrated World Earth Day by launching Jupiter Artland in Minecraft Sculpture Challenge.

Young people of all ages can join Jupiter Artland in Minecraft using their Minecraft log-ins and design and build their own sculpture for Jupiter Artland. The winning design will join the permanent collection at Jupiter’s online universe plus goodies including a £50 gift voucher of your choice and free family-visit to Jupiter when we reopen later this year.

Don’t have Minecraft? No problem!

You can still take part in our Sculpture Challenge. Draw or build a model of your proposed sculpture, write a short text explaining your idea and send it to us via email at with Sculpture Challenge in the subject-line.




Anyone with Minecraft Java Edition can enter Jupiter Artland, explore artworks by world-leading artists and have a go at building their own monumental sculptures. It’s so easy, even Claire from our Exhibitions team is able to do it!

If you already have Minecraft: Java Edition

Step 1. Launch your Minecraft: Java Edition as normal
Step 2. Click ‘Play’ and wait for Minecraft to load
Step 3. Select ‘Multi-player’, a message will appear, click ‘Proceed’
Step 4. On the next screen, click ‘Add Server’
Step 5. Under Server Address, enter Server name can remain the same.
Step 6. When Server loads, click ‘Join Server’
You have arrived at Jupiter Artland. Welcome!

Download full instructions here.

The Story of Jupiter Artland in Minecraft so far:

Jupiter Artland and the Centre for Interaction Design at Edinburgh Napier University have collaborated since 2009 to innovate new platforms for engaging young people and older learners with the best of contemporary art, ideas, nature and digital development. Previous projects include the development of audio guides, interactive iBooks and apps for smartphone. In 2016, Jupiter Artland and Edinburgh Napier University launched the first generation of Jupiter Artland in Minecraft, meticulously reimagining artworks by some of the world’s leading artists including Antony Gormley, Anya Gallaccio, Nathan Coley, Charles Jencks and Tania Kovats within the interactive universe of Minecraft. Seeking to go beyond the creation of a digital version of the sculpture park, Jupiter and Napier began a 3-year project collaborating with primary schools across Scotland, from Ratho to Orkney, to create a mixed reality game, linking young people both through physical trips to Jupiter Artland and virtual visits enabled by the game. Drawing upon Scottish myths and legends, school children collaborated to create a host of characters and storylines to populate the Jupiter Minecraft universe. The children’s stories were developed into a GPS triggered mobile game that was played in the real environment of the artland, revealing new plots, storylines and treasures.

The newest generation of Jupiter Artland in Minecraft is now being rolled out open source, allowing audiences across the globe, both young and old, to explore, discover and create. Server space has been kindly donated by the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University.

With special thanks Dr Tom Flint and Agnieszka Banach, Centre for Interaction Design at Edinburgh Napier University and the team at Jupiter Artland Foundation.