Memorial Stones Project

by Peter White

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Almost three years ago, I began a Memorial Stones project that involves collecting stones from the hills that I walk in, painting on them and eventually returning them to the top of the specific hills from where they came, as memorials to individuals who have died.

The process started with the idea of walking and making work in memory of people who I have personally known. It has since grown and now I give some of the painted stones to other people.  They can name their own dead and keep the stone for a while before giving it back to me, to be returned to the land.

In October 2016 and March 2018, I travelled to Palestine to continue this project. 

I gathered stones from specific walks, painted on some of these stones whilst I was there and then gave them to people who wished to participate, bringing others back to Scotland to work on. I shall return to Palestine to place the painted stones back into the land.

How can you be involved?

If there is a stone that you are particularly attracted to and wish to have in memorial to someone, you can have it, on loan, for a period of time, on the understanding that the stone is returned to me for replacing back on the top of the hill from where it came.

An Talla Solais is a charity that receives no core funding from any government body, and so relies on small grants, support from volunteers and donations from generous benefactors. 

I am hoping to help raise funds for An Talla Solais through this project.  If you wish to take part in this project, you will be asked to make a donation to An Talla Solais using either one of their donation envelopes or by making a transfer via BACS.

If you would like to participate, please talk to a member of the Cabinet shop team who will supply you with the forms to register your interest.

Ullapool Hill (Meall Mor)

Over the past year, I have placed a number of stones on the hill overlooking Ullapool, which is well signposted and has a good network of paths leading from the village.  There is a map and a small guide to some of the stones placed there and this is available at the Cabinet shop desk.  If you wish to have a walk up the hill, please look out for the stones. The idea is not to have a treasure hunt, but more of a discovery walk.

I hope you enjoy the journey.

Peter White, Ullapool 2018