In September of 2012, the collective departed from Glasgow, Scotland, passing through the Kilmartin Glen on the way to Oban, Mull and finally to see the unique hexagon formations of Fingal’s Cave on the Isle of Staffa.
On the way to Oban, we stopped to climb the hill of Dunadd, ‘fort of the Add’ (Fort Dunadd, pictured left, photo by Gabriel Teague), an Iron-Age fort from over 2,000 years ago and the site of one of the earliest Royal strongholds in Scotland.
Farther up the glen, the group found the Kilmartin Standing Stones (right), Carvings and Burial Cairns, which date back to about 3000 BC. This part of the trip sought to investigate the boundaries of nature and natural forms. To what extent can human nature and the objects humans produce be considered natural?
That night, the collective stayed in Oban (left, photo by Gabriel Teague). Traveling the next day from Oban to Mull by ferry. When we arrived at the town of Craignure, we took an hour-long bus ride across the island to Fionnphort, where a small ferryboat for Staffa awaited our arrival.
The sky was a deep grey. Aboard the boat, we each donned what can only be described as a ‘rain dress’ and took our seats in the exposed portion at the back of the vessel. While en route, dolphins leapt playfully alongside the boat.
The sky was split in two. To the east were dark grey clouds and to the west, a brilliant blue backed the sun, engulfing the sky as we approached Staffa. As we neared, my eyes were met by a sight more beautiful than I ever imagined. Bobbing nearer the island, the driver spoke over the PA, informing the riders that the waves were too high to safely dock on the island. A few minutes passed and the engines restarted. As the boat tore away through the tumultuous sea, I could do nothing but stare as the island slipped from sight.
The Natural Formations Project draws equivalence between natural formations and the ways humans form meaning.
*The incredible hexagonal natural formations of Staffa were formed around 60 million years ago when lava flows erupted on land. While the newly-erupted basalt lava cooled, it contracted and broke into sections which produced regular 6-sided columns.