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. There is even a lithograph by the great Norwegian Edvard Munch in one of the bedrooms.
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The Scottish poet Norman MacCaig described the Coigach landscape as "masterless and intractable in any terms that are human."
The box installation to the left by Will MacLean 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 mthe stick holds a miniture of a large drawing that Will had made in 1989, "Hunters Vision". It actually 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 through a forest of huge tree-like gannet skulls. In the same year that he drew this scene, Will incorporated the name of the trawler Antares, found on a fish box on the shore, into one of his best known works, "Skye Fisherman: In Memoriam", that hangs in Dundee's McManus Gallery. A year later, the Antares sank with the loss of all men on board. A submarine had snagged her net and pulled her down.
Sir Eduardo Paolozzi: Portrait of Matta
John Bellany: Woman of the Sea
Will MacLean: Salmon Fishings