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Man Down.

Stones were stood up on end across the landscape for a multitude of reasons. It is hard for us to step out of our modern contexts and mindsets to try to imagine what these markers were put up for. Standing a thirty ton chunk of granite or limestone on end was no small feat, and wouldn't have been undertaken without due cause - or so we imagine. It would have taken time and resources as well as skill and imagination.

And what did these people say to each other as they were working? How would the person who came up with the idea sell it to the others? How would they persuade them to help him or her get this huge chunk of rock stood up on end in the right place? How long were they working on it? Was it a "profession"? Was there like, an 'architect' or someone you went to who 'knew' about these things? Maybe there were 'wandering rock standers for hire...?

Some of these stones would undoubtedly have fallen as a result of natural weathering and erosion. Maybe some weren't as secure in the first place; perhaps some were simply left lying as part of the coded composition - and some may have been deliberately toppled by rival tribes or families...?

Oil pastel, chalk, charcoal, graphite and marker pen.

Materials used:

oil pastel, chalk, charcoal, graphite, marker pen


#chalk  #standing stone  #landscape  #drawing  #charcoal  #wilderness  #monolith  #oil pastel 

Carraig Imithe (2017)


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This artwork is sold by Dave Kirby from United Kingdom

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