300 tree stumps overlooking the prehistoric rock art site at Ormaig, near Kilmartin, have
been coated with lime wash in a creative response to the over 4000 years old cup and ring markings. Ormaig Landart Project is a gigantic circle in the Mid Argyll landscape, measuring 150
by 150 metres.
The installation appears in a subtle pink, but will look almost white when the sun is
shining. Only purely mineral materials like hydrated lime wash and iron oxide pigments have been used to create the artwork.
Walking from Carnasserie Castle car park to Ormaig the first thing we see is a long stretched oval shape on the hillside. As we walk closer to Ormaig along the forestry road we see how the shape is changing into a wider oval, dynamically stretched out over the hill. We will see the full circle when we finally reach Ormaig rock art site.
Over time, the artwork will gently fade back into the landscape. It is a brief greeting through time.
The project includes the production of a short documentary film, which will be completed by the middle of September 2020 and can be viewed online.
Ormaig Landart Project is being supported by Kilmartin Museum and Forestry and Land Scotland as owner of the land and has received Open Project Funding from Creative Scotland and the National Lottery Funding.
1: Location map (Forestry and Land Scotland) Ormaig Landart Project is an hours walk away from Carnassarie Castle car park north of Kilmartin. Follow the signs to Ormaig rockart site/cup and ring marks. © Crown Copyright and database right 2020. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100024925.
2, 3, 4: Ormaig Landart Project
with view from the forestry road as we approach Ormaig. Photograpy: Aaron Watson.
5: Ormaig Landart Project with view from the forestry road as we approach Ormaig.
6: Ormaig Landart Project with view from Ormaig rockart site.
7: The installation at night. Photograpy: Aaron Watson.
8: The installation can be seen from the B8002, westwards from the village of Ardfern, Argyll.
9: Close up.
Crown Copyright and database right 2020. Ordnance Survey Licence number 10002492
1, 2: Louie Pegna, Gabriele Stuckemeier, Stephen Burke. Photography: Aaron Watson.
3: The fabulous Gillian and Morgan MacVicar pull the trailer with our equipment and material onto site. Thank you!
4, 5, 6: Stephen is getting our water for the lime wash straight from the hillside.
7: Mixing lime wash, using hydrated lime.
8: Getting the circle right.
9: Outlining the circle on the hill. The first coat of lime wash.
10: Louie on the second coat of white lime wash.
11, 12: Heather in bloom. Pinks and purples everywhere.
13: Mixing of pink lime wash. We are adding iron oxide pigment.
14: The first pink coat is being applied.
15: Painting pink tree stumps in a heat wave. Gosh it's hot.
16: Aaron Watson (archeologist, filmmaker, photographer) is producing a short documentary film about the making of Ormaig Landart Project.
17: Bjorn Aaen from Drone Scotland and Aaron Watson. Bjorn is taking aerial footage for the documentary film.
18: Hm... Are we finished? Photography: Aaron Watson.
Aaron Watson for film, photography and invaluable advice.
Aaron and Julia Hamilton from Kilmartin Museum and Robbie Layden from Forestry and Land Scotland for believing in the project right from the start and supporting it so generously all the way through.
Dean Hicks from Hicks Plastering. Dean, you are the lime wash wizzard! Thanks for showing me some of your tricks.
Amanda Catto and Sophie Craik from Creative Scotland.
Creative Scotland and the National Lottery Funding for supporting the project.
Stephen Burke and Louie Pegna for all the dedicated hard work on the project. It was fun working with you!
Bjorn Aaen from Drone Scotland.
Gillian, Morgan and Vic MacVicar for their generous help.
Dougie for the key without knowing anything about me.