Image Source: Wicklow Outdoors
When I first viewed The Mottee Stone on https://www.360cities.net/image/the-mottee-stone-avoca-co-wicklow-ireland, I was very confused. First of all, it took me a second to actually find the stone and realize what I was supposed to be viewing. Second of all, once I found the stone, I was decidedly underwhelmed. I almost abandoned ship and moved on to the next site on the list, but instead decided to poke around some more to see what else I could find. As I looked at the stone’s surroundings, I began to notice how much of the landscape can be seen from that position and how breathtaking the view was. This realization led me to come to the conclusion that the beauty and significance lies less in the stone itself, but in the beauty it allows a person to witness. A quick google search for a bit more information on the stone confirmed my suspicions.
The inverted beauty of the Mottee Stone made me reflect on the Famine Roads that Eavan Boland writes about in her poem “That the Science of Cartography is Limited.” Upon first glance, the Famine Roads do not look like much of anything, and an uninformed passerby probably would not think twice about those etchings in the hillside. But beneath the simplicity of the scene itself lies a depth of meaning. Similarly, at the Mottee Stone, one might look at it and brush it off as a mere rock. But, turning away from the stone and looking out upon the breathtaking landscape, it becomes strikingly clear why the Mottee Stone has become such a prominent landmark in Ireland.