Monday, 5 December 2011

Come on down..

One of the images emailed to me during from installation. It was very curious watching this from a distance and I regretted not being present at the final stage. The technicians however, as usual, did a great job!
Now I await feedback and some images of the sculpture in it's new home.

If anyone would like to send some images of the art-at-work in the square - I hope to see folk sitting on them soon- or have any comments at all please post here or send them to me.

Friday, 2 December 2011


Yesterday Aberdeenshire Council Museums services installed the archaeological display in Meldrum Library. Evelyn Munro went over to the library and sent me some images... it appears that the 12 neolithic stone balls have been arranged appropriately like a clock...particularly poignant today as I wait to hear how the installation of the larger versions goes .. kicking off at 9am this morning. While I regret I am not present - and feel a little anxious- for a number of reasons not least the uncertainty of the installation date - it was too complicated to arrange, and I do have complete confidence in the folk who are installing the work- Fyfe Glenrock technicians supported by Aberdeen Council engineers.
The three photographs have been installed in the community cafe , and the first version of the leaflet I have put together is being circulated-complete with spelling mistakes which will be banished from the next print run.
Will try and arrange a downloadable version soon.

If you read this and have any comments on the artwork or the project, please post them here.
Also interested in seeing any photos, of the installation process or the artwork in place so please send those too!

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Installation date set.

Aberdeenshire Council Museum Services have just confirmed that they will install a display case with 12 stone balls & several geological specimens in Oldmeldrum Public Library from Dec 1st.

This news has enabled an installation date to be fixed - now DEC 5th, with site preparation happening in the weeks prior to this. I do pray the weather will be kinder than last year!

At the moment am gathering contributions for a inclusion in a small brochure which will be printed and distributed to mark the 'launch'

The deadline is looming .. so no time to chat!

Thursday, 15 September 2011

A much closer look

We are now considering what text should accompany the art work and also the possibility of producing a small (very!) publication to accompany the launch to offer a bit of background to the artwork, for the curious.
Feeling I need some expert advice, not least to make sure I am getting the facts right, I contacted Peter Craig, the geologist from Tarland who came to Oldmeldrum a few moons ago, took us on a walk and gave a great talk on the geology of the area for the project, and tried to help us get our heads around the immense time frames we are dealing with when we are thinking about stone....Peter came back to me last night with some information about the approximate ages of the stone of the artwork , and it seems they might average at around 450 millions years old. He also pointed me to the website for the Dep of Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford where you can see close up images of stone taken by microscope. The three above are Gabbro, Gneiss and Granite .... the types I have selected for the petrospheres.
With support from Aberdeenshire Council, I am hoping that, concurrent to the installation we might be able to set up a small exhibition of original ancient stone balls drawing from the Aberdeenshire Council and University collections. I hope that this might be set up in the public library at Oldmeldrum Academy, where the school might have the opportunity to weave the project into their programme, and the whole community can breath in a little of the magic of these mysterious objects.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Even more stone carving action....

No its not me again.. despite the spherical nature of the stone block. During the NEOS ( North East Open Studios) week, which will also see artwork exhibited in Oldmeldrum Town Hall, the Scottish Sculpture Workshop (SSW)in Lumsden, is presenting The Lost Hand : which may be very worth going along to. I am minded of conversations with the masons at FGR which expressed concern for the lack of young blood coming through, and the prospective loss of a whole skills base in the area. While driving to and fro Oldmeldrum from Aberdeen, I heard on the radio that the govt are proposing to insist that any company contracted by the govt to carry out work, have a minimum number of apprenticeship opportunities. This, to me, seems like a good plan, providing it's implemented thoughtfully.

On Sundays 11 and 18 of September 2011, between 12 and 6pm, Scottish Sculpture Workshop will host craftsmen, tradesmen and artists from the Grampian region who will show their exceptional craftsmanship to the public. From kilt making to stone work, from wheel wrighting to wood graining and sign writing, SSW are looking to cover a whole range of crafts and trades while asking you where the future of these skills lies? During the week there will also be plenty of opportunity to get involved, with an art cafe, talks, workshops and potluck dinners.

For more info visit

Tuesday, 30 August 2011


One of the few folk I invited to the yard before leaving; Evelyn Munro tries out the artwork out for size. The spheres are not only meant to delight the eye, but also the sense of touch and thinking of "Bruce's seat" the smaller two can be used as stools or resting points. Evelyn is the first person to sit upon the spheres apart from myself, and rightly so, as she has been a great support to me and font of local knowledge throughout this project.

Sagrada Familia

I was so excited at Fyfe Glenrock in Oldmeldrum to see this stack of sandstone from Elgin being prepared for a consignment to Barcelona, where it will become part of the Sagrada Familia- the fantastic church mostly designed by Antoni Gaudi,
(1852-1926), which is aiming to be completed on the centennial of his death. Here's a snippet from Wikipedia:
The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família (Catalan pronunciation: [səˈɣɾaðə fəˈmiɫiə]; English: Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family, Spanish: Basílica y Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia), commonly known as the Sagrada Família, is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926). Although incomplete, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site,[4] and in November 2010 was consecrated and proclaimed a minor basilica by Pope Benedict XVI