A constellation of standing stones in a Scottish landscape… Welcome to Crawick Multiverse, which I am tempted to describe as a modern version of Stonehenge. Yet there is no esoteric vibe here, no dedication to gods. This is art – land art to be precise.
The project, set in what was previously an open cast coal mine, recently celebrated its first birthday. Charles Jencks – the artist behind this incredible design – found inspiration in space, astronomy and cosmology. The different pieces are described as the Supercluster, the Comet walk, the Galaxy Mounds (Andromeda and The Milky Way), while the Amphitheatre replicates the shape of a total eclipse. The outlines are simple yet powerful – vibrant green grass and moss, boulders mostly found on site.
You expect a gentle stroll – you end up on a journey. As you go up and down spirals, sit by a beautiful curve made by clover flowers, watch the horizon line surrounded by standing stones, feel like a modern druid overlooking the domain…. the complexity of Crawick Multiverse becomes clearer. A wonderful mix of all the legends and mysterious places you have visited before. Nazca lines come to mind, Roman temples, burial mounds… A different take on history of the universe. What if the statement pieces we already know had nothing to do with druids, ceremonies, messages to invisible powers? What if they were just meant to be beautiful, represent the world as it was seen by its creator?
This is a grail for many quests – a romantic stroll in the countryside, a family outing with a giant playground for kids, an inspiration for dreamers… And for all – a soothing place for the mind.