Rosnes Bench 2014

A permanent artwork for the diverse and vast landscape of Dumfries & Galloway. 30 specially designed recumbent benches, positioned in 12 locations, over a 300 square-mile site have a profound effect on people when tried. When you lie down, you slow down and engage your senses in a different way. You become aware of things like the breeze, the sky, the scents from plants and the sounds around you. Today, many of us are disconnected from nature Рin cities we are surrounded by concrete and have tarmac underfoot, the stars are blotted out by streetlights Рthe benches are an invitation and a conduit to the sensorial resources of hillsides, woodlands, loch sides and river banks of countryside around New Galloway, Newton Stewart and Gatehouse of Fleet. The design of the benches recall the mysterious ancient cup and ring marked stones, and recumbent stones, which stand in many remote parts of Scotland. For more info visit

Produced by Wide Open (South Scotland) Ltd for The Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage. Fabrication APE, Installation Jim Buchanan Projects Ltd. Funded by The LEADER programme, Creative Scotland and Dumfries & Galloway