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The Town Is The Venue
What have walking and food got to do with art? What have walking and food got to do with art?
Aidan O'Rourke - Mapping neolithic sites

The Town Is The Venue Town Collection

Aidan O'Rourke

The Ardlair Tuning Fork, 2015

Ardlair Stone Circle


Aidan O'Rourke produced a suite of music inspired by abandoned human settlements in North East Aberdeenshire, reflecting issues around landownership and access from the neolithic days till now. Aidan walked among these abandoned settlements and spent time with historians, archeologists and local enthusiasts. This work is a Geocache, hidden at Ardlair Stone Circle, containing a link to the song Aidan wrote inspired by his experience of visiting this location. For GPS co-ordinates, see the Geocaching Website.

Land and human relationships to land is where this Geocache, located at Ardlair, takes inspiration. Stone circles, pictish stones and objects left in the landscape by past generations, leave a clear human imprint. Aidan O'Rourke found intrigue in the tuning fork symbol which adorns one of the Pictish stones found around Rhynie – there is a theory that such forks may have been struck with a hammer to crack open stones through vibrations. In his research into stones and symbols, he was drawn to this place.