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The Spectacular Alderney Stones

Alderney Stones 5755461148_5fce46db80_mIn 2008 British Artist Andy Goldsworthy was invited to Guernsey to undertake an art project on one of the Channel islands. He then later chose the ‘Hidden Jewel’ which is Alderney and set about sketching and figuring out what they should do.

Andy Goldsworthy then came up with the idea of the ‘Alderney Stones’, which are giant 180cm, 3 ton boulders dotted all around the Island. Each Stone contains something which identifies the island. From berries, poppies and even discarded tools. Each of the 10 stones are designed and placed in certain places in the island to erode and then reveal what’s inside each stone over time. Some are even today stating to crumble to show what’s inside now.

In 2010 the boulders were built, but were left a year to start to erode and then in 2011 the extremely difficult job of moving each one of the 3 ton atlases to their desired spot. Some are on very large cliffs over looking the sea, others in the middle of a field surrounded by beautiful Alderney cows, but my personal favourite is the one hidden in Bunker 62 in Alderney. I have no idea how they got it there but I find it somewhat spectacular the way that it just looks out to sea waiting to erode.

The Alderney Stones are a fabulous little attraction of Alderney which you can go off by yourself and see if you can find all 10. There are maps available in the Alderney Tourism office is St Anne’s which shows either a direct route to each stone or a more scenic one across the coasts. This is a free attraction but you must be aware that some of the stones are built in or on old fortifications which may be dangerous to enter in some situations, but just ask the tourism office and they will advise the best course in and around. Don’t forget to pack your hiking boots because this trek will have you crossing the whole of the island climbing large hills, scrambling through old forts or strolling across some of Alderney’s most beautiful coasts.   It’s a great way to see the island.

Guest blogger:  Callum Darcy

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