Glenkiln Sculptures, Dumfries

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Glenkiln Sculpture Park is a sculpture landscape in Dumfries and Galloway, south-west Scotland.After one of the bronze statues was stolen all the statues except the Glenkiln Cross have been removed.It comprises six sculptures placed in a moorland setting around Glenkiln Reservoir. The sculptures are located around north-west of Shawhead, and west of Dumfries.Between 1951 and 1976, local landowner Sir William Keswick (grandson of William Keswick) assembled a collection of works by Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore, and Jacob Epstein. Keswick worked with the artists in siting their works in a natural landscape, and commissioned works.On 13 October 2013, the BBC reported that Standing Figure had been stolen.All the sculptures except "Glenkiln Cross" have been removed for security reasons on police advice and are no longer available to view.The sculptures are: Saint John the Baptist (1878) by Auguste Rodin Visitation (1926) by Jacob Epstein Standing Figure (1950) by Henry Moore King and Queen (1952–53) by Henry Moore Upright Motive No. 1: Glenkiln Cross (1955–56) by Henry Moore Two Piece Reclining Figure No.1 (1959) by Henry Moore There is also a memorial to commemorate the diamond wedding of Sir William and Lady Keswick.
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  • June 29, 2017
    Nice drive there and the walk round is pleasant with good views. However don't expect to find the statues most have now gone! The guide books walking leaflets etc all need to be updated.  more »
  • January 4, 2017
    Agree with previous reviews that this is a lovely peaceful place with beautiful views but surely it is time that travel books and guides are updated to say the sculptures have gone.We were fortunate t...  more »
  • December 31, 2016
    Somewhat difficult to find as poorly signposted, we weren't even sure we had the car park right as it appeared to be attached to someones driveway. Not a massive amount to see in the way of sculptures...  more »

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