LITTLE KIT'S COTY

art: 1. The Countless Stones

LITTLE KITíS COTY HOUSE (aka THE COUNTLESS STONES), KENT
The jumbled remains of a long barrow, part of the Medway Barrows group. Found at the foot of the hill to the remains of Kitís Coty House, this site was demolished in the 1700s for building materials. The 20 or so sarsens are said to be countless, although itís a lot easier since the tree growing in the middle of them has been removed.
OS: TQ.744.604 To the south of a minor road off the A229, between the M2 and M20.

I removed the annoying foot high modern fence which bounds this site but retained the field layout to maintain context. When I visited Little Kit's Coty last I was surprised to find the famous tree had been chainsawed and that the site was covered in sawdust, so I added a generic sapling to the image, in homage and because I sadly could not recall the species. Things are constantly evolving or simply changing, although these remnants, destroyed in form, have outlasted both memory and landscape.


THE COUNTLESS STONES
oil on board, 18" x 14", 2003, £65

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