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Fyvie stone carved relief figure holding head

stone carved figure covering face with hand, the other hand appears to be cradling the head of an infant at waist height. Interpretation is slightly speculative as the stone is quite badly eroded.

Geordie's Kist planter

Planting feature, as part of a village wide planting project. Description an installation of bedding plants in a 'horseman's kist', the lid interior featuring a painting in the local folk style of two Clydesdale horses in agricultural show harness.

Haughton Farm sign

A painted sign in a folk art style with fine lettering reminiscent of fairground art, it shows a head of a bull and a sheep (probably intended as Limousin and Suffolk respectively), also a sheave of oats and three eggs indicating the farms enterprises.

Eider Duck bench Forvie

A carved wood bench the side supports representing the eider ducks, for which the reserve is famous, on columns of shell and weed encrusted rock, the back board is carved to suggest the estuary landscape the bench faces.

Fear Its Secret

A simple intervention text work on a public phone box. The use of standard signage type lettering neatly applied gives this intervention a quasi official aura that may account for its longevity.

18th century archaic head

A granite carving of a human head, mounted on the south gable of the shed. This apotropaic (averting evil) carving has an extremely atavistic quality, with its appearance of a severed head it is powerfully reminiscent of Celtic Iron Age works relating to the cult of the head. Indeed if found buried in the peat bog one might think it was such. However it is presumed to date from the origin of the building to which it is attached. This is one of the oldest structures in the village one can clearly see where corrugated iron has replaced thatch, some aspects of the shed suggest it may have originally been a dwelling. It is situated near what would originally have been a major crossroad pre-dating the village square crossroad to the south and the Fraserburgh-Banff turnpike junction a mile to the north. Possibly this structure was part of the hamlet of Cyaak that preceded the village. The house on whose feu it stands No 48 High St is itself nearly as old as the foundation of the village in 1787 and was once a butchers, at which time the shed may have been used for slaughtering.