More cool things inside
We think that's a pretty cool way of putting it. We wanted the inside of The Brochs to be as exciting as the outside. Well, not quite. That would be impossible. Nothing could be as amazing and awe-inspiring as the outside. But we turned The Brochs into little museums, in the tradition of Reiner's Hanseatic forebears who were great art lovers and art collectors. Everywhere, you will discover hidden treasures. You will be surrounded by original works of leading contemporary Scottish artists such as John Bellany, Calum Colvin, Will MacLean, Peter Houson and Eduardo Paolozzi, and by famous artists with Scottish connections such as Tracey Emin. In oine of the bedrooms, there is even an awesome lithograph by the great Norwegian Edvard Munch of The Scream fame.
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The Scottish poet Norman MacCaig described the Coigach landscape as "masterless and intractable in any terms that are human."
The installation to the left by Will MacLean (it hangs in Gille Buidhe's Broch) deals with the Highlanders' beliefs in signs and omens but shows an example of second sight in itself. The pigskin pouch to the left of the stick holds a miniture of a large drawing that Will had made in 1989, "Hunters Vision", which hangs in Scàl's Broch. It shows the Celtic god Herne, horned like a stag and gaunt like a lifeless whale, sleeping on the sea floor. Above him, three submarines stalk a forest of tree-like gannet skulls. In the same year that he drew this scene, Will incorporated the name of the trawler Antares into one of his best known works, "Skye Fisherman: In Memoriam". Not long after, the Antares sank with the loss of all hands. A submarine had snagged her net and had pulled her down.
Sir Eduardo Paolozzi: Portrait of Matta
John Bellany: Woman of the Sea
Reiner with Tracey Emin of My Bed fame at a party in London