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The Whirlwind

2000
Dundonnell House, Wester Ross, Highlands
16 sqm
CLIENT: Lady Jane Rice
 
Having seen the article in The Telegraph (25th July 1998), Lady Jane Rice decided a pebble mosaic would be the perfect addition to the famous garden at Dundonnell House. The client wanted a piece which would reflect the rich diversity of the natural surroundings of her Highland estate, while paying homage to the history of Dundonnell House.
 
Suggestions for the design were far ranging. A Celtic knot, a sea trout, a black-throated diver, a stag's head (the emblem of the Mackenzie clan who originally built the house ), or a yew tree, mirroring the two thousand year old tree which stands less than fifty yards from the mosaic.
 
The final design incorporates all five images. A circular Celtic knot, set in a square, dominates the mosaic, while in each corner the four elements are represented by a yew tree (earth), a black-throated diver (air), a sea trout (water) and a Mackenzie stag's head (fire). Whilst working on the project we became aware of a nocturnal swarm of bats emerging from the top left corner of the house. We decided to include these in the design, much to Lady Rice's delight.
 
The pebbles used in the mosaic are from Lady Rice's private beach less than a mile from their final resting place. The Whirlwind is a re-arrangement of surrounding natural materials to depict its surrounding wildlife and history.
 
"... the mosaic has been a total success. We had no idea how the team would work with the available pebbles, but their use of tone and colour to create a three-dimensional image which really jumps out at you and is constantly changing with the diverse Highland weather, is astounding. I found it hard settling on a design for something which would be a permanent addition to the garden, but Joel came up with an image which fulfilled all of my ideas. I feel a great sense of satisfaction in having commissioned a work of art which will long out-live even my great grand-children and may even outlive our ancient yew tree."
 
Lady Jane Rice