PRESENT CONDITION

Right - the Oban memorial stands on a tight bend in the road and the local authority has placed a street light hard beside the adjacent glacial boulder. The road has to be well lit but surely some other alternative could have been found?

Dornoch war memorial.  Some years ago it received a wet-look polyeurethane paint job which was eventually removed and for a period the beautiful patina of the bronze could be seen once again but the wet-look is back.  Some find the green patina of bronze unatractive on monuments but with regular cleaning and maintenance this can be kept in check.  Bronze is a material which has been highly valued by mankind for millenia and the fact is the patina is the proof of the metal.

Oban's war memorial committee considered a granite pedestal but Carrick talked them out of this writing that ' The idea is to build this cairn as near the lines on which the old cairns were built as possible'.  He favoured local stone and wide joints with 'creepers', rock plants and heathers planted as a kind of rock garden.  Unfortunately today the Highland memorials at Oban and Killin have been planted out with bright marigolds or geraniums which are unsuited.

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