Like the island sculpture too is all about its edges, its limits, about how it occupies and describes space… …. A sculpture is about its discrete autonomy, its presence in the world and its separateness from other things. It is about where it begins and ends, where it touches the world and inhabits it, how it produces the space around itself

(Martin Clarke, 2000)


Once isolate yourself on a little island in the sea of space, and the moment begins to heave and expand in great circles, the solid earth is gone, and your slippery, naked dark soul finds herself out in the timeless world .. .. you are out in the other infinity

(D H Lawrence The Man Who Loved Islands, 1927)

Birsay, Byrgisey, Fort-Island

The Brough of Birsay is a 21 hectare uninhabited tidal island. The structure of the tidal island means it is enclosed, encased by the sea and naturally fortified. To get to the island you must cross a causeway at low tide. The space of the causeway is an area in continual transition, constantly shifting from being part of the seabed to being part of the mainland. It is a space of flux - an area both removed and distant, yet continuously connected.

On the west coast of Mainland Orkney The Brough of Birsay is the last point of land until Hudson Bay, Canada. The site of a lighthouse, the Brough is a point of communication, a supporting base from which the lighthouse signals out to sea, reaching across the Atlantic to another continent.