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Posted on 06/29/2014


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Crannghal


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Crannghal, Àrainn Chalum Chille

Crannghal, Àrainn Chalum Chille
Crannghal: Will Maclean & Arthur Watson

Artists’ statement

Overlooking the Sound of Sleat, ‘Crannghal’ is sited at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the national centre for Gaelic, on the Isle of Skye. Commissioned by the college, the work was conceived by artists Will MacLean and Arthur Watson and made by them with Eden Jolly at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop at Lumsden in Aberdeenshire.

Taking early written descriptions of the sea-going curraghs that carried Columba and his monks from Ireland to Iona, the sculpture reflects the framework of one of these early vessels under construction or reconstruction.

The nature of the commission allowed the artists freedom to intuitively develop the sculpture, initially as a full-sized pattern made from withies shaped with hand tools and bound together with twine. This was then cast in bronze and mounted on a granite base, polished to reflect the changing light.

The tools used in making the pattern were also cast and lie on the base as if work had momentarily stopped. They emphasise the artists’ commitment to the act of making. More importantly, they can be seen as a metaphor for the ongoing work that Sabhal Mòr Ostaig is undertaking in leading the revitalisation of Gaelic language and culture.

Invaluable help has been given by Skye stonemason Seumas Campbell, architect Graeme Pert of Gillespies in Glasgow and Jane Cumberlidge of The Visual Research Centre, University of Dundee.

Crannghal : framework of a coracle, any skeleton-like odd contrivance (Dwelly)
Crannghal : the abandoned ark (McLennan)

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