About the Trail

Fife Contemporary
Like many organisations this past year, we have moved much of our work online. For the summer, we wanted to offer something outdoors which could help people connect with nature through a visual art project.

Lesley Acheson and Sebastian Chaloner’s Trail of Thought encourages mindfulness, playfulness, the importance of gaining perspective (about life, your problems, your pleasures) while walking in nature to find hidden artworks, sited within Falkland Estate.
(Click here to go to Lesley’s Audio Guide)

Lesley and Sebastian
As regular visitors to the Falkland Estate, we have always enjoyed exploring the hidden paths and natural delights to be found within the shadow of the Lomonds. When contemplating our ideas for the project, we went out to explore the estate for inspiration, finding ourselves deep in discussion and wandering towards the Temple of Decision where we stopped, took stock and found ourselves gaining perspective on how we might approach this project.

We were intrigued by the thought behind the Temple – the care that had gone into its design and placement, and the idea of having a place to stop and consider life. “It was to be a focal point visible from the Tyndall Bruce’s newly built House of Falkland with an element of surprise, first hidden amongst the trees and then framed against the sky.” The inscription on the Temple reads – “PERSPECTIVE IS THE TEMPLE OF DECISION”. 
(Click here to find out more about the history of this monument)

Trees at Falkland Estate

Inspired by this idea, we honed in on the idea of the perspective gained by ruminating whilst being outside and enjoying getting lost in the estate – a way of putting everything in its rightful place, particularly after the bombshell of the pandemic.

Design by Sebastian Chaloner for one of the carved 'idioms' that make up the Trail of Thought

The Trail of Thought has been designed to be a meandering, thoughtful journey, allowing everyone a place for contemplation. Inspired by the landscape, we have created a series of curated ‘idioms’, designed into typographic artworks and carved into windfall – selected and shaped to mirror the ruins of the Temple.

The idioms would be words and phrases which provide subtle nudges, encouraging people towards mindfulness and gaining perspective. Like the Temple, each installation will be hidden amongst the landscape, only to be revealed through exploration on routes up and around the Temple paths. 

We are using existing natural materials and windfall from the estate. Once installed, the artworks will naturally disintegrate and disappear over time – to be taken back by nature. 

Find out more about the artists – Lesley Ann Acheson and Sebastian Chaloner