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Date uploaded: June 1, 2015

FANK is an ongoing project incorporating a new public artwork within a restored and repurposed stone enclosure deep in the forest on the Isle of Mull. At its centre is a new commission by artist Andrea Geile. Geile's outdoor sculptures are made from Corten steel and are often grouped with seeded plants and flowers that together speak to the environment in which they are located. They are subtle interventions, merging into the landscape, and often only visible on closer inspection.

FANK began in 2014 with a series of dry stone walling workshops with the aim of rebuilding a large derelict enclosure (formerly a sheepfold) whilst providing the opportunity for individuals on the island to learn or rediscover rural conservation skills.

After its completion, the FANK will continue to be used as an open-air classroom, a place for the community to celebrate its landscape, heritage, and creativity.

In Spring 2015 restoration of the site continues. From the 13th of May to the 6th of June 2015, Comar is offering a series of one and two-day dry stone walling workshops led by rural skills trainer, Peter Holmes. The workshops are fully funded and open to all individuals living on Mull and Iona (min. age 11 years with responsible adult supervision).

Visitors are welcomed to join FANK at Lettermore Forest, at 3pm on Thursday the 9th of July for the unveiling of Andrea Geile’s new artwork, and to help celebrate the collective effort in restoring this heritage site.

For more details contact [email protected] or click here.

FANK was initiated by artist Emma Herman-Smith. The project is supported by Creative Scotland, Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland, and the Mull & Iona Community Trust.

Andrea Geile. FANK site with Chlorophylles. 2015.

Andrea Geile. FANK site with Chlorophylles. 2015.