Stone Pages
Stone Pages
Stone Pages
Stone Pages

© the artist. Image credit: David Oudney / Art UK

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The upright decorative slabs were carved by Mary Bourne in Caithness flagstone at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop and lettering done on site by mason Ian Ketchin. Information from the artist reads: ‘My design developed from considering the contents of the nearby library, the way information is stored in layers in the pages of a book, in the shelves of the bookcases. An analogy was drawn between this written information and the information trapped in fossil form between the layers of sedimentary rocks such as the flagstone used here. A further element in the large sheaf form was the “accidental” information recorded in books, within the paper itself – so the plants carved are all plants that are used for paper making. Analysis of these can, of course, reveal much about the date and geographical location of the book, when it was made, as well as information about trade with other parts of the world.


Stone Pages




Caithness flagstone

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Acquisition method

commissioned for Dundee Central Library by Dundee City Council through Dundee Public Art Programme

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Dundee City Council

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time restrictions apply

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various inscriptions


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Located at

Victoria Road, City of Dundee


Set in the garden outside Central Library.