OPEN – THE SEA – Douglas Robertson 03 – Southampton City Art Gallery

Douglas Robertson

Pocket Noost – A Traveller’s Talisman

Carved painted wood and acrylic, and found tobacco tin

The word ‘noost’ is a Shetlandic term for a safe place on the shore to haul your boat up into, to keep it safe during storms. This small sculptured piece was created in collaboration with poet Jen Hadfield, who found the tin on the beach at Bigton, on the Shetland mainland. The piece was made to be carried around as a good luck talisman, keeping the owner safe during life’s stormy journeys. The view on the side lid of the tin is the island of Foula, the view from where the tin was washed up at Bigton.

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