• Hecla Grotto

    Image ID
    FOT662458
    Rights
    RM Rights Managed
    Image Details
    Image File Attributes
    10.2 MB
    JPEG
    Image Dimensions
    3760 x 2480 px
    Image Print Size (at 300 ppi)
    318 x 210 mm
    12.5 x 8.3 in
    Visual Size @300ppi
    Keywords
    folly grotto garden building volcano Icelandic Hecla Hekla Cockenzie and Port Seton Lothian Scotland UK
    Description
    Behind a whalebone arch beneath the trees is a small, above-ground grotto with a shell interior. The interior decoration has largely gone, but enough of the pattern and species of shell remain for an authentic restoration to be carried out. Built of burned stone and pumice, with tufa-covered walls, the edifice was presumably intended to simulate a recent eruption, yet it cannot be said to be a successful imitation. The builder, aware of this, reinforced the point by inscribing HECLA in a huge raised arc of letters over the whalebone arch entrance, referring to the Icelandic volcano of that name. The tufa is said to have come from the same mountain, although there is another, closer Hecla on South Uist in the Hebrides, which is the more likely source.
    Uploader
    Gwyn Headley
    Contributor
    Gwyn Headley
    Date Taken
    1998
    Uploaded on
    2010-04-16
    Collection
    Follies 3
    Category
    Architecture
    Sub Category
    Follies
    Setting
    Outdoor
    Point of view
    Eye level
    People
    Without people
    Dominant colour
    #203030
    Sales History
    • Editorial; not for profit garden magazine, Netherlands only