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?

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 are more often planted out with bright marigolds or geraniums which seem alien among the rock and stone.

Dornoch war memorial. The photograph was taken several years ago when the local authority had applied a 'wet look' protective coating. This awful treatment of bronze memorials is commonly seen in towns and cities across the country. the patina and quality of the bronze is lost and the monument might as well be constructed of fibre-glass. From the examples I have seen this treatment also appears to have a nasty habit of blistering, covering the monument with ugly pock marks within weeks of application.
Carrick recommended to his clients that a monument should be washed down and all bronze work get a thin coating of oil twice a year, the best months (in Scotland) for this work being April and September. He also warned that no acid should be used.

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