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March 12 2014

Dumfries & Galloway councillors to decide Star of Caledonia’s fate
Proponents of a sculptural landmark at Gretna are to showcase a scale model of the design within the Scottish Parliament next week in a bid to drum up political support for the venture ahead of an 18 March vote by Dumfries & Galloway councillors over whether to match £1m in funding provided by Creative Scotland.

Designed by Charles Jencks and Cecil Balmond The Star of Caledonia will be twice the size of the Angel of the North, becoming a prominent sight for the 10m drivers and passengers per year who will pass the monument. It is hoped that this presence will encourage more people to pull over with the sculpture becoming a tourist draw in its own right, thus boosting the local economy.

Balmond said: “The Star of Caledonia captures the powerful energy, scientific heritage and magnetic pull of Scotland and the design pays homage to Scottish innovation. Penicillin, television, telephone, logarithms, the steam engine, discovery of the circulation of blood in the body, the postulation of electromagnetism — our world owes much to Scottish genius.”

Funding would allow construction of the border marker to take place in 2015 but should they decline its backers will be left scrabbling for alternative funding streams.

2 Comments

Bonkers
#1 Posted by Bonkers on 12 Mar 2014 at 13:57 PM
I have an (hypothetical) idea, why dont Dumfries and Galoway council give their £1m to Perth and Kinross council. That way we can avoid this spurious piece of post rationalised (read paragraph 3) public art and potentially maintain the existing built fabric of Perth city centre by reusing a building that has and will stand the test of time.
CADMonkey
#2 Posted by CADMonkey on 12 Mar 2014 at 19:24 PM
I read paragraph 3.
There seems to be a lot of these spirally things already popping up. (Artland, Modern Art Gallery of Scotland, That one at Kelty?? whatever that is??) Seems like an overused idea already....
Good point on the money, as an aside...why are Creative Scotland not supporting Perth City Hall? Is it just too old?

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