ARICHONAN, a deserted village on the west coast of Scotland, is a collection of ruined hillside houses. It was abandoned in the mid-19th century when the landowner forced the population out. That is how it has been for years and will be again, but for two weeks in September it has become a work of art. Along with 15 other destinations in Mid Argyll, Arichonan has been co-opted by NVA (the arts charity that collaborates with artists to produce site-specific artworks) into Half Life, a characteristically ambitious project somewhere between art installation and field trip.
MIDNIGHT on a meandering back-road in the Isle of Skye. AC/DC's Highway to Hell is blaring from the car stereo. "In other conditions," Angus Farquhar shouts from the driver's seat, "that's where you'd see the start of the Trotternish ridge." I look where he's pointing but the only thing visible is swirling mist. Farquhar is here preparing The Storr, his latest "environmental artwork" with his Glasgow-based company NVA. Taking place for seven weeks from the start of August, it will be an illuminated midnight hike for 200 people on one of Europe's wildest sites of special scientific interest.
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