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The Giant's Organ

The Giant's Organ

Photographer: Hudson, John

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1867

Shelfmark: 1782.a.19

Item number: 6

Length: 17.7

Width: 11.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

The Giant's Causeway is a mass of over 40,000 basalt columns on the NW coast of Ireland, between Portrush & Ballycastle; formed by a rapid cooling of lava hitting the sea. Folklore ascribes the formation to a mythical race of giants who laid down the rock on the sea floor as a roadway between the Scottish Hebridean islands and Ireland.

"This object of great interest forms no part of the Causeway, but is placed apart in the mountain, and consists of a number of large pillars, declining on either side to shorter and shorter ones, like the strings of a harp; and we might really imagine a giant organist sitting playing at it, especially as the basaltic pillars, when struck, give forth a metallic ring. The colonnade of pillars which constitute the pipes of the organ, have evidently been exposed by some landslip."

Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of the Giant's Causeway.'

Author not stated.

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