Not so long ago, there was one behind every house in every village in the Western Isles – a peat stack.
The new exhibition in An Lanntair Gallery, Stornoway – Moladh na Mòine: In Praise of Peat – takes a new look at an old tradition.
An Lanntair Director Roddy Murray expands: “The original idea came from one of our most acute and creative cultural commentators, Finlay Macleod.
“Way back, he suggested to the Tate that if Carl Andrew’s Equivalent VIII – more popularly known as the Pile of Bricks – could be art, then surely so was a peat-stack.”
He continued: “It emphasises the point that putting objects within the context of a gallery changes and challenges the way we look at them.
“We evaluate and scrutinise things in a different way and to different standards.”