The Accidental Finding of Treasure 

An Audio Installation at Moray Art Centre




Watched by the sky, a small handmade boat rocks in the loch, the high pitches of its sail touching cloud.

Momentarily the mists thin, and islands, darkened with trees, reveal the shapes of mountains without names, deeply mapped by wolves.


This audio installation is an evolving creation that uses objects and sounds to metaphysically and metaphorically represent the relationship between humans and the matter and substance of the natural world. The boat holds a reference to our own life journeys and the structure to that which underpins and elevates our perspective as well as our ecological connection to place.


The speakers are placed at the water level and play the recordings of the hums and breaths of a group of women rowers from Cromarty. The audios are spaced apart and set to go in and out of sync organically, echoing around the receptor to give a sense of a wide-open space.


Materials: Handmade sailing boat (facing due west towards Cromarty), aluminum scaffolding, rusted steel pool, Loch Maree water darkened with Black Isle peat, and five speakers playing the sounds of rower’s breaths and hums.

Click to hear a hum

hum 1  hum 2    hum 3    hum 4  hum 5

The little hand made boat set out on a journey
Gathering the water from the loch
Pouring the loch water in the pond
Adding the Black Isle peat
Steel pond, Loch Maree water and Black Isle peat
Hand made sailing boat, scaffolding, speakers and steel pond
5 speakers placed around the boat at the water height
Nature Table: wren's nest, bones, shells, found fossils, feathers, stones on moss
Nature Table: wren's nest detail
Accidentally finding treasure
Accidentally finding treasure
Speaker no. 5
the patterns produced in the tank are the result of water being retained in deposits of solid material from the Loch Marie and peat As the water evaporated some of the deposits retained water and allowed corrosion to continue whilst the areas, free of water, did not continue to corrode. Steel often corrodes at different rates over short distances.





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