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Cairngorm Stones
© Richard Long

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Cairngorm Stones 2001

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
  • Artist Rooms
Long’s signature practice involves taking solitary walks in uncultivated areas. He has embarked on walks as far afield as Nepal, Africa, Alaska and Bolivia. While travelling the artist sets himself specific tasks, such as walking a straight line for a predetermined distance; yet he never makes permanent alterations to the landscapes he passes through. Instead he adjusts nature’s placement of rocks or wood to form simple geometric shapes, such as this arrangement of stones on the slopes of Ben Macdui in the Cairngorm Mountains, in the Scottish Highlands. His photographs record these interventions made in the natural landscape and allows the work to be viewed out-with the landscape in which they were created.

Glossary Open

Land Art

A movement beginning in the 1960s that sought a direct engagement with nature, creating artworks in and with the landscape.

Land Art


  • Acc. No. AL00211
  • Medium Photograph with hand-written text
  • Size Frame: 83.40 x 113.80 x 4.30 cm
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Anthony d'Offay 2010