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Star of Caledonia secures planning permission

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February 28 2013

Star of Caledonia secures planning permission
Dumfries & Galloway Council have granted planning permission to the Gretna Landmark Trust to erect the ‘Star of Caledonia’, a sculptural landmark conceived by designer Cecil Balmond and landscape architect Charles Jencks.

Intended to demark the Scotland/ England border at a presently unprepossessing motorway bridge the plans are inspired by James Clerk Maxwell’s development of electro-magnetic theory.

Jencks said: “Crossing the border to Scotland, across the River Sark, is now a passage obscured under a bridge by cars travelling at speed. Instead of marking this with motorway signs we are using a landform and sculpture that pulls together the adjacent site, the distant hills and the Solway.

“Nestled into the curving mound and springing from it is Cecil Balmond’s whirling creation. In one sense it is a scintillating piece of calligraphy seen against the sky which will signify various meanings as you approach it.”

Gretna Landmark Trust chairman Alasdair Houston added: “As an opportunity for a country to herald its border, this is remarkable.

The Star is a timeless work, which for 365 days a year will be a bold and confident statement of Scotland’s innovation and energy.”

£3.8m of funding has still to be secured for the scheme although it is hoped this can be achieved to allow construction to commence this year.
Motorists will be encouraged to pull over and explore the structure at first-hand
Motorists will be encouraged to pull over and explore the structure at first-hand
The proposed structure will stand 40m tall, twice the height of Gateshead's Angel of the North
The proposed structure will stand 40m tall, twice the height of Gateshead's Angel of the North

3 Comments

Tamtoot
#1 Posted by Tamtoot on 28 Feb 2013 at 18:06 PM
It's a copy of the Aljazeera website logo...is that not cheating?
Big Chantelle
#2 Posted by Big Chantelle on 1 Mar 2013 at 01:24 AM
@Tatmtoot,

Geez. Let's hope a fatwa isn't put out on the designers if that's the case. Nothing worse than an infidel/non-halal piece of art.
I Will
#3 Posted by I Will on 3 Mar 2013 at 23:45 PM
What's worse is that, according to the image, we'll be driving on the right hand side of the road as we cross the border.

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