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Striding Arches is a series of large, self-supporting arches standing on hilltops surrounding the natural amphitheatre at Cairnhead in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland – is the first large-scale project involving multiple structures to be installed in a public landscape in Scotland by Andrew Goldsworthy; one of the world’s foremost artists working directly in the landscape.
Each of the Striding Arches stands just under four metres high, with a span of about seven metres, and consists of 31 blocks of hand-dressed red sandstone weighing approximately 27 tons.
Three arches are sited in specifically chosen high points, including the skyline, around the natural amphitheatre of the Cairnhead Forest, and one arch strides through a renovated Byre building in the heart of the Glen.
The siting of Striding Arches helps to create a path network to encourage public access to the Cairnhead Forest and Glen and create links with the Southern Upland Way, which skirts the edge of Cairnhead Forest.
For more information about Striding Arches and the work of Andrew Goldsworthy please visit: www.stridingarches.com.
Image by courtesy of Weesleekit Ltd.
Map of area showing The Byre, pictured above.
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