Designating Crawick Multiverse, Sanquhar

Closed 19 Feb 2024

Opened 29 Jan 2024


We propose to designate Crawick Multiverse on the inventory of gardens and designed landscapes.

Created from a former coal mine by the renowned cultural theorist and landscape designer, Charles Jencks (1936–2019), Crawick Multiverse is an outstanding example of early- 21st century land art in Scotland. 

The design uses landforms, water features and stone arrangements on a grand scale to convey scientific, spiritual and cosmological themes. It evokes Scotland’s prehistoric landscapes and relates to the area's more recent industrial past.

As the largest and final completed land art project by Jencks in the UK, the site is an important representation of his work, drawing on his earlier works, and a lifetime of postmodern critical enquiry into the nature and meaning of art, architecture, and culture.

We are now gathering views on our proposal to add this site to the inventory.

Read more about why we think Crawick Multiverse is of national importance by downloading our Report of Handling.

Green spiral landforms, grey and green landscape background, cloudy blue grey sky
Crawick Multiverse, Sanquhar © HES

How we designate gardens and designed landscapes

We designate gardens and designed landscapes of national importance. A dedicated team researches and assesses all designation applications.

Why your views matter

We’d love to know whether you agree with our proposal.

To help you respond to the following survey, please read why we think  Crawick Multiverse is of national importance for the inventory by downloading our Report of Handling.

You can tell us if you agree with our proposal by completing the short questionnaire below. 

This questionnaire usually takes 5 minutes to complete.

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