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heart-to-heart

(2014) bronze bell, performance to camera

Hanna Tuulikki’s ‘heart’ bell was cast in bronze from a stone found in the River Lyon, as a ‘tingsha’ bell, with a cord of hair moss made by Caroline Dear.

The resulting performance-ritual heart-to-heart was a created as a ‘sonic offering’ to Gleann Cailliche, the mineral-rich glen named after Cailleach (Old Hag or Winter Queen), that replenishes the neighboring valley of Glen Lyon. The bell was rung at Beltane, over the burns – vessels – that feed the loch – heart – from which the rivers – artery – flow. The original heart stone was left in the glen’s ancient shrine Tigh na Cailliche, in a purse of purple moor grass woven by Caroline Dear.

The piece was made as part of Alec Finlay’s Taigh: a wilding garden, a National Memorial of Organ and Tissue Donation, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. The ringing bell represents the gift of donation, which nourishes life in the same way the river enriches the glen.

At the official opening of the memorial, in September 2014, the bell was rung with one beat to mark each person who has donated an organ or tissue.

+ read more on Hanna’s blog

Image credits: (1-6) Hannah Devereux

heart-to-heart is part of Mnemonic Topographies, a new series of works investigating the land encoded in the song, the lore embedded in the land, supported by a Creative Scotland Artist Bursary.