Diane Maclean


Four hillsides, Highlands of Scotland.

Temporary public sculpture with sound. The work was selected from a national competition for a cross media artwork in a no-gallery setting. Stainless steel, audio equipment and sensor.

The sound is a lament commissioned for the work from Calum Campbell of Benbecula and played on the bagpipes and a traditional Gaelic poem. The sound is activated by a sensor on approach. The sculpture moved to four hillsides in the Highlands of Scotland over the period of a year. The Gaelic poem tells of a fairy child unwanted by its human mother and left on the bare hillside to die. The fairy father begs her to nourish the child. There is a parallel with the Gaelic language which will die out unless nurtured and used creatively.