STONE AVENUES

art: 1. The Avenue; 2. Geneschism

WEST KENNET AVENUE, WILTSHIRE
Running between The Sanctuary on Overton Hill and the southern entrance to Avebury, this is a 1½ mile avenue of sarsen stones, many of which were buried by christian devotees in fear of the devil or simply broken for rebuilding. The stones are aligned in pairs according to size, often thought to be male and female representations, 45’ apart and with a 65’ gap lengthwise. It appears not all of them were re-erected the right way up in the mid 1900s.
OS: SU.103.697 - SU.118.680 From the A4 or Avebury

This image was reworked slightly in 2004 after suffering damage. Whilst I tend to remove modern trimmings from most compositions, they are still on the whole rendered in their present landscape. This image differs slightly in that I retained the modern fence to the left. With the Avenue being the ancient pathway from Sanctuary to Avebury, it seems typical in this day and age that the fence marks the edge of the tarmaced road which eventually slices through the Avenue at the horizon of this pic, yet from here the road is invisible and the ancient route is still predominant and lush. I did remove the cowpats though.
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THE AVENUE
oil on board, 10" x 12", 2001, £69

BECKHAMPTON AVENUE, WILTSHIRE
Beckhampton Avenue leads from Avebury to the Longstones although the avenue itself can now only be termed ‘site of’. The Longstones, aka the Devil’s Quoits or more personally Adam and Eve, are two solitary figures in a field approaching Beckhampton itself. Eve is probably the only remnant of the avenue, with Adam the sole survivor of a cove. The latter fell over in 1911 and was put back up incorrectly. Stukeley noted Beckhampton Avenue in the mid 1700s, sketching a line of stones leading west from Avebury for about a mile. Since then, very little evidence has been uncovered and that which has is often contradicted or disproved. However, this does not deny its existence, merely this existence of conclusive fact.
OS: SU.089.693 The Longstones are in a field near Avebury Trusloe north from the A4.

The title obviously derives from the christian paranoia and contempt Avebury has suffered. But yet another example of modern doctrines impinging their values on prehistory by renaming a site with biblical references. I felt that as the two stones are almost alone in the landscape it would be unnecessary to include much ephemeral detail; here, the sun is merely their spotlight.


GENESCHISM
oil on CANVAS, 20" x 16", 2002, £125

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