Treabhair is a public sculpture project for Westhill, Aberdeenshire, to be installed in late 2018 and led by Westhill and Elrick Community Council.
The rich archaeology of the Westhill area with its standing stones and enclosures (Barmekin, Hill of Kir) are evidence of a long history of farming. The development of Westhill, however, has replaced and obscured historic farmsteads along the old Skene Road, including Brodiach, Broadstraik and Leddach farms, Mains Cottage, Crombie Croft and Westhill House and with it, its long farming heritage. The distant sea with its offshore and oil industries has instead become the driving force behind fifty years of development of the town.
The proposed work aims to make visible the hidden history of Westhill by referencing farms on old OS maps. A series of elongated abstract sculptures are loosely based on drawings of former farmsteads of the pre development era along the Old Skene Road. Tactile sea and wave texture evolve into buildings and, together with stainless steel bases, are a visual reference the relevance of oil and maritime industry in the development of Westhill since 1968. The proportions o‘Treabhair’ is a public sculpture project for Westhill, Aberdeenshire, to be installed in late 2018 and led by Westhill Community Council.
The work will be fabricated in stainless steel and sheet bronze, using the ancient repoussé process by Ireland-based sculptor Holger Lonze.