Art Trail 2022
NatureScot is excited to welcome the Art Trail back to Taynish National Nature Reserve. We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the Artmap Argyll artists who have participated in the Taynish Art Trail 2022. Follow the 600m ‘easy’ trail from the car park to the Mill/ Poets seat to see all exhibits.
This year all artists have created works which celebrate story-telling.
If you would like further information or find out how to purchase any of the artworks on display please contact Artmap.
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For more information on the art trail please contact Heather Watkin.
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If you enjoyed your visit to Taynish Art Trail why not also explore more of Taynish. Follow the woodland trail (5km) a mostly level and well surfaced route around our ancient sessile Oak woodland.
If you are feeling more energetic try the Barr Mor trail (3km.) The Barr Mor trail is strenuous with some steep climbs but rewards you with great views from the top across to Jura and beyond.
Explore the coast by following the coastal trails (100m and 1km) which take you down to the southern shore on mostly level and well surfaced paths.
You can find out more about the history and wildlife of Taynish by picking up a trail leaflet (available at the reserve car park).
My first exhibit is the recovery bench. This shows my recovery journey from brain surgery to control my epileptic seizures. The unicorn represents the power to believe in yourself and your hopes and dreams. The brain shows the lobes in the brain. The highland ram represents the stubborn nature and not giving up. The staff and the snake, also known as The Rod of Ascelpius is used by paramedics on their uniforms.
My second exhibit is a collection of inspirational hangers that accompany my recovery journey. All pieces are made from wood and use pyrography.
Visit H2o Designs website.
My piece is centered on the story this wood continues to tell via its ‘circles of growth’. New growth rings grow around older growth rings, documenting the tree’s lifespan.
I spent time getting to know the growth rings in more detail by burning lines into the spaces between the rings. The result reminds me of contour lines on maps but instead of them showing changes in height it captures them meandering and spiralling through time and conditions. The piece will continue to change as time goes on.
Visit the Akasaruci Art website.
This sculpture is based on the story about St Cuthbert and the otters.
Legend has it that he used to pray all night long up to his waist in the sea. One morning as he came out of the water, two otters came to him and helped get him warm.
Cloud Watching Chairs
Gazing up at the sky will fill you with sheer awe and wonder. Clouds are one of the most poetic aspects of nature. You are invited to rest awhile on the ‘Cloud Watcher’s’ chair - look up and enjoy the constantly moving and floating forms that filter the light and shift the mood and the colours above.
As your mind starts to see different shapes and how they change, you begin to imagine… and the rest is… a story between you and the clouds.
The Cloud Appreciation Society
Special thank you to Gordon Campbell & Stuart Ellis for making the chairs.
Visit Margaret Ker's website.
Pine marten’s are one of the most magical mammals in Scotland. In the 19th century they were persecuted and suffered from loss of habitat. In 1988 an amendment to the Wildlife and Countryside act brought about full protection for the pine marten. With expanding network’s of native woodland, abundant food and den sites, martens have returned and their return shines like a beacon in a sea of ecological despair.
This return of the Taghan- from maligned creature to ambassador for an ecologically richer Scotland. Offering a glimpse into what else might be possible with a change in our attitudes, this elusive glorious creature brings a welcome layer of ecological complexity to Scotland’s forests, but it also brings something more valuable: Hope.
Visit Katy Low's website.
From Little Acorns….The Mighty Oaks (Quercus) hold a special place in many cultures, mythology, history and hearts.
In myths and legends, some cultures believed Oaks had spiritual power. The ‘Mighty Oak’, ‘King of the Forest’ or ‘King of the Greenwood’ symbolises strength and courage. Druids practiced rituals in oak groves and cherished the mistletoe that grows in oak-tree branches. Ancient kings and Roman Emperors wore crowns of oak leaves.
The Green Man symbolises the cycle of life and re-birth; a union of man and the natural green world of nature. Peeking out from behind lush foliage, the Green Man can feel at home here in this natural ancient woodland, half hidden in the Taynish trees.
Visit Holy Loch Pottery website.
The story of the ‘Three Graces’ comes originally from Greek mythology where feminism was epitomized and expressed in terms of ‘beauty, charm, mirth, fertility, creativity, nature’ - the graces.
Many artists, over the ages, have depicted this story through painting, sculpture and poetry. These three figures bring into focus an up-to-date view on 21st Century feminism.
Stack of Stories
Who hasn’t shed a tear at Robert Burns’ poem “To a Mouse”? The power of the written word! Is the pen mightier than the sword?
The art of storytelling has evolved from simple visual stories of daily life and rituals painted on the walls by cave dwellers. Rock carvings followed and then ultimately the written word, committing to paper poetry, myths and legends (such as the Cailleach and the Selkies). Many of these tales also serve as a warning of what could happen if we make bad choices.
So where are we now with all our advances in technology - and what has become of “the mouse”? I wouldn’t shed a tear for the mouse of a keyboard warrior sitting behind a screen distanced from the world and reality – would you?
Iain Campbell Waugh
Stories inspired by Taynish woodland available at: www.knowyourself.me
"Làn fhìrinn na sgeòil" . The truth is in the story - Gaelic proverb
"Without the story, in which everyone living, unborn and dead participates, men are no more than bits of paper blown in the wind" - George Mackay Brown.
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