Artwork

The Langass Letterbox Trail
During 2010 pupils from Lionacleit Secondary School and Carinish Primary School worked with the the poet and artist Alec Finlay and Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts on the project Walking Within Langass Woods. Through the project a species-map of Langass Woods was created, guiding visitors on a walk within the woodland between 7 wooden letterboxes, whose location was determined by mapping 7 tree species. Identifying the different trees creates an awareness of the richness of the woodland. To map the ecology in more detail, each tree species was paired with a species of flora and bird associated with that tree. Inside each letterbox is a rubber-stamp poem composing the names of the species in Gaelic (for Langass culture), English (for its visitors), Latin (to name the species formally) and birdsong (to add a poetic element).

Explore the Langass Letterbox Trail
To help you collect all the rubber-stamp poems, click on the links at the side of the page to download a free A4 stamping sheet, along with a word-map of Langass, composed from haiku by the pupils describing the different species and harp compositions derived from the birdsong.

Click here to take a virtual tour of the trail

Walking Within Langass Woods was conceived by Alec Finlay, and made in collaboration with poets Ken Cockburn & Colin Will; guide by Rebecca Hall; harp compositions by Rhodri Davies; recordings by Andy MacKinnon; in collaboration with students from Lionacleit Secondary School and Carinish Primary School. Commissioned by Taigh Chearsabhagh, 2010.