Compelled by Memory: The Lewis Land Monuments, 1994 – 2019


112 pages /  285 x 235mm Portrait
ISBN: 978-1-911408-91-8

  • On the Isle of Lewis there are five of the best examples of award-winning Land Art to be found in the British Isles.
  • The book unfolds the history commemorated by these contemporary monuments in stone
  • Leading Scottish art historians explore the art of Will Maclean who designed each memorial from 1994 and in 2014 and 2019 was joined by Marian Leven and Arthur Watson


Will Maclean with Marian Leven and Arthur Watson

In Scotland’s Outer Hebrides on the rugged Isle of Lewis, five powerful award-winning monuments commemorate the island’s Land Heroes. Their courageous struggle for Land Law Reform resulted in the thriving Gaelic speaking community that Lewis encompasses today.

Through the photography of Robin Gillanders, the design, setting and materials of these ‘sentinels in stone’ are brought together for all to enjoy, while essays by distinguished Scottish art historians, and Gaelic speaking island historian Dr Joni Buchannan, tell a vivid story of the events commemorated by each monument, examining their iconography, and exploring each work within the context of a wider cultural rebellion against the hegemony of imposed values.