In between 1951 and 1976 landowner ¬†William Keswick dotted several sculptures around the glen of Glenkiln. There are a couple of small abstract numbers on the main road, an impressive John the Baptist by Auguste Rodin (a version of which is in the Musee d’Orsay, Paris), overlooking the Glen, five by Henry Moore and a Jacob Epstien. (Visitation). One of the Henry Moore’s (Two Pieces Standing) is a fiber glass replica, the original being only a loan and after 14 years was called back by the estate of the artist.

The Glenkiln Cross by Moore is at the top of a raggy steep sheep shit strewn field and gives an amazing view across the Glen, the cross is interesting in itself as from afar it looks like a christian cross but once you have made your way up the field, close up the cross resembles more a totem pole, certainly something much more pagan and ancient. The Sculptures are now a popular walk which I took recently. Here are some photos of the pieces that I found interesting and a google map with their location:

John the Baptist By Rodin

The Glenkiln Cross by Henry Moore

The Glenkiln Cross by Henry Moore

The Glenkiln Cross by Moore

The Glenkiln Cross by Moore

Visitation by Jakob Epstein

Visitation by Jakob Epstein

The Sculptures are listed in a couple of books on walks around Dumfries and Galloway and a google search throws up a few results for further reference.

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