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March 13, 2012

Artwork vandalised on Iona !

‘In an act of creative intervention Snuffy MacLean transgressed concepts of permanence and mutability by playfully disrupting Marc Broatch-Stevens  land-art work  ‘Sacred Geometry’. In a performance of free-movement loosely suggestive of Big Bang Theory, Snuffy reconfigured the art- piece into something  ironically reminiscent of  churned-up beach ‘  Or so the arts column would tell you.

What actually happened…

Marc drew a fabulous design on the beach a few days ago. It is quite beautiful  -a piece of sacred-geometry that Marc created, in part, as meditation.

I went down this morning with Snuffy to photograph it, and unfortunately, Snuffy took it as an opportunity to launch herself and dance, spin and generally throw herself about on top of it. I was mortified but couldn’t go after her because my footprints would then be stomped all over it as well as hers.  I appreciate that land-art of this kind is deliberately emphemeral and of the moment, but it is one thing for it to be poetically erased by the rising tide -and entirely another for it to be vandalised by your dog…  These photo’s tell the sad tale:

Marc, whilst philosophical, is trying to contact his agent and lawyer….

On a brighter, if sadder note, Rosy left today having been helping in the hostel for the past couple of months. Though small (sorry Rosy…!) she will leave a huge gap and will be very much missed. The garden cries for you.

Silvia arrived last night. It’s not often that I meet  a Spanish woman forester who doesn’t like the sun and enjoys the rain (She lived in the Cowal Peninsula for several months, for heavens sake) -but it’s a pleasure to have her around and as hopefully I’ll be picking up my saplings later in the week -we might even do some tree planting. What with both Marc and Silvia being foresters, I’ll probably make the coffee and offer advice (ignored).

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Marie C permalink
    March 21, 2012 8:27 pm

    This calls to mind my very own moment of Lagandorain beach vandalism (well, theft, strictly speaking, m’lud) when, over the course of several holidays, I stole 328 cowrie shells from the east end of your beach. They’re sitting pretty in a jar in Edinburgh, but I promise to repatriate them…for a small ransom.

    A dog’s gotta to what a dog’s gotta do!

    Love the blog, John! Who’d have thought you’d have entered the 21st century. You’ll be tweeting next! Mxx

  2. March 21, 2012 10:21 pm

    This is great John – proud of you! Marie, thanks for putting it on FB.
    Pat xx

  3. Alisdair Flynn upholsterer permalink
    March 23, 2012 8:01 pm

    Hello.just wondered if this may be the John Maclean. The much missed rug repair man from my days at w& r Edinburgh..kind regards.Alisdair

    • March 23, 2012 8:06 pm

      Hi Alisdair,

      The one. Well spotted ! Nice to hear from you -what are you up to these days ?

      All the best,


  4. Francine permalink
    March 29, 2012 12:09 pm

    really like your blog, thanks for sharing with us !

  5. March 29, 2012 5:13 pm

    Hello Francine,

    Thanks for writing and I’m pleased that you are enjoying it.

    Best wishes,


  6. Karen Rose Watmough permalink
    March 31, 2012 11:09 pm

    Hi John, I hope this finds you well and all ready for the 2012 season! I stumbled on your blog, which is great and saw a familiar name – at least I think it is! Marc Broatch-Stevens is a guy I knew from here in Cumbria and I thought it will be a surprise if there are 2 of them in this world!! It is such a small world if he has found his way to Iona and the hostel! Anyway, if it is him and he remembers the jewellery girl from Keswick, please say hello to him from me – we had many a deep and interesting conversation about life and such things!
    Best wishes, Karen.

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