Charles Jencks ‘A Stone’s Progress’

To the East End of the Village there is a major new art work by Charles Jencks. ‘A Stone’s Progress’, developed over three years thanks to hundreds of volunteer hours and funded by West Lothian Council Grassroots Public Art Grant and the Kirknewton Community Development Trust.

You may be familiar with Charles work at Jupiter Artland and the Museum of Modern Art in Edinburgh.

Take a walk through the artwork while still a work in progress below.

From the artwork you can view the site of Kaimes and Dalmahoy Hill and the original iron age fort of Kirknewton, where basalt stones were used as defensive walls protecting thirty houses, 2000BC. This artwork depicts this and more.

Read more about the Excavations at Kaimes Hill here

You can read about the history and geology of Edinburgh and West Lothian here

Charles Jencks produced two brochures explaining the background and thought process of the project here. Here is the first and second brochure (you can read this via issuu and the second brochure is available for download here too).

We had been hoping to do some finishing touches and a musical pieve around the opening of a Stone’s Progress but that is currently on hold due to the current situation. However you are more than welcome to walk around the site.

That said we welcome your photographs and artwork of the artwork to add to this part of the Kirknewton website for others across the world to enjoy. Send them to as a jpeg

Just before developing the artwork we did ask all 200 children in the Kirknewton Primary School to design their own stone – you can see their work here