Old Scots for Earth Moon Star, this new public artwork by Mandy McIntosh and Kaffe Matthews was developed over two years with The Forestry Comission for Galloway Forest Dark Sky park. Galloway Forest is the first dark Sky Park in Europe, the pristine views of the cosmos are due to absolutely zero light pollution in a unique natural place.

The work is inspired by the Bothy movement in Scotland which voluntarily maintains free space to shelter walkers in remote places. In this work, the artists devised thermal Space Suits, reclined Sky gazers and an LP of cosmological songs and music.

Located by White Laggan Bothy at Loch Dee, Yird Muin Starn is an invitation to observe the celestial objects we never see in cities, to take shelter in the dark forest as an earth bound astronaut and to look up.

A Vital Spark award, supported by Creative Scotland

The work launched in February 2013 and is now available to the public.

The suits can be booked out for use from Glaisnock Book Room in Wigtown. Glaisnock is a gallery, cafe and B and B, they are hosting the suits until Spring 2014. Find them at 20 S Main St, Wigtown, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway DG8 9EH
01988 402249

The Sky Gazers are situated right next to White laggan bothy within the forest which is on the Southern Upland way. They can be accessed on foot. Check OS grid reference NX466775 or

The album is now available to purchase from Annetteworks


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