Shortlisted entries 2013

5000 years of weather

5000 years of weather5000 years of weather
Colin Richards

Off the west coast of Scotland is the Isle of Arran, where a group of stone circles stand on a bleak tract of moorland known as Machrie Moor. The stones were erected around 5000 years ago and the ravages of millennia of weather have shaped their towering forms. More people visit stone circles than any other ancient monument and current research into the stone circles of northern Britain has revealed these monuments to reverse our ideas of architecture. Today, we are familiar with construction leading to a completed form which is then used, such as a new university building. But what if building was and end in itself? Under such circumstances, rather than things being built to be used, their use was manifest in the construction. Stone circles may be exactly this. Sometimes things are not quite what they seem!

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