The project began as an invited competition where several artists working with glass, were asked to present ideas for the new window to be located in the stillhouse in Tain.
The theme of the window was to be the signet used by Glenmorangie. This in turn is derived from the Hilton of Cadboll pictish stone.
It seemed appropriate that this window instead of being a traditional window.
The stone is a relief sculpture, so it seemed appropriate that the window should be too. I explored other artistic and technical possibilities but the relief was the best solution.
Instead of simply using the signet image, I decided to make a presentation keeping the signet as the central image but taking the border that surrounds it on all three sides bringing the top border of the stone down to become the top border of the window.
A visit to the Distillery was arranged and a visit to the new stone, a complete interpretation of the original stone by the sculptor Barry Grove, who I met on location there. The original stone, at least most of it, is in the Museum of Scotland.
The stone is wonderful and Barrie‘s version is astonishing.
Since Barry made his stone, the base section of the original stone had been uncovered and I was able to see the original carving and figures in this area. I redesigned the side borders to work with this section.
Barrie, very kindly” let me use his solution to the top section as he said he was fairly certain it is right.
pdf file about the project