If you happen to be at the Four Seasons Hotel at St Fillans this month and find yourself doing a double-take at what appear to be glimmering spectral figures emerging from the shallow banks of Loch Earn, rest assured, you’ve not been imagining things.
Commissioned by the luxury hotel, internationally acclaimed artist, sculptor and photographer Rob Mulholland has created an art installation of four mirrored sculptures entitled ‘The Four Seasons’ – consisting of two male and two female forms – erected along the foreshore of Loch Earn by the hotel’s jetty. If you take a walk along the pebbled beach, the figures constantly change, reflecting the rippling water, the shingle on the beach, and the ever-unpredictable Scottish weather. The figures can evoke a myriad of shifting moods and thoughts depending on the time of day they are viewed. Why not pay a visit to the Four Seasons Hotel for afternoon tea or dinner, and discover the dramatic contrast between witnessing the scene in the bright glare of the mid day sun, and then in the evening when the figures are bathed in soft moonlight?
The work, which is on display until October, not only encourages visitors to take the time to contemplate the natural environment that surrounds them, but also speaks to the human desire to reach out to the past. According to Rob the figures convey:
‘A mood of anticipation, as if the figures are awaiting the return of others sent on a distant passage. It refers to a sense of homecoming, returning and re-connecting to our ancestral roots.’
With 2013 being the Year of Natural Scotland and the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014 fast approaching, the work can be seen as a timely and thought-provoking meditation on Scotland’s outstandingly beautiful and diverse natural environment, and our fascination with uncovering our genealogical heritage.
If ‘The Four Seasons’ has left you feeling inspired, check out the other great arts and culture attractions in Perthshire, its unforgettable beauty spots and natural landmarks, and how to get started exploring your ancestral connections.