Here we are back down in the basement of the Museum of Scotland in Chamber Street, where Dumfriesshire base Sculptor, Andy Goldsworthy, who has featured several time in my blogs, has a number of pieces in amongst the old stuff. Most of Andy's work is made using natural materials or by using traditional building techniques and so they fit in rather nicely with the artifacts from those bygone days before industrialisation.
This piece, Stacked Whalebones, was made in 2001. It is the complete skeleton of a 5m pilot whale which was found beached in Northumberland in 1997.
This piece is called Hearth and dates from 1998. It is made from wood collected at the construction site of the museum building itself.
I should than my sister Edie here for the Andy Goldsworthy book she bought me for Christmas or else I would have unable to definitely identify this as a Goldsworthy - no sign of a label in the museum for it. It is made made of clay which has been carefully controlled in the drying period to produce this pattern.
The two dugout canoes here were found in Dumfriesshire Lochs - one dates from 200BC to 200AD and the other much later, around 1100 AD
In this one Andy has produced a circle in the clay.
My thanks to Francois Jordaan for allowing me to use this picture from his Flickr pages here
You can see the circle from the clay wall reflected in found substantial walls in the middle of the Gallery. Called Enclosure, they are build from reworked roofing slates from around the Edinburgh area.