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Athletes' Village springs into action ahead of Commonwealth Games debut

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July 10 2014

Athletes' Village springs into action ahead of Commonwealth Games debut
Glasgow is entering the final furlong in its preparations to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games with the unveiling of a sculpture of the Loch Ness Monster amidst a temporary tent city which has sprung up within the Athletes' Village.

Sculptor Stuart Murdoch was commissioned by Glasgow 2014 to craft the monster to greet the 6,500 athletes and officials who will call the site their home for the duration of the event.

Built from Caithness Stone; Scots Elm; grey stone from the North-east of Scotland and Clashach Sandstone from Moray the the 3m high and 9m long piece doubles as a public bench.

Chiselled onto the monster is the creatures Gaelic name of ‘Each Uisge’ (Water Horse), which has been inscribed using the Ogham Script alphabet of the Pictish people.

Murdoch commented: “The Loch Ness Monster is recognised globally as an icon of this country and in this work I wanted to represent the nation’s mythology, creativity, ancient history, as well as to highlight the grit and determination shown by all the Commonwealth athletes.”

With just two weeks to go until the Games kick-off a number of temporary facilities have been springing up, notably a 2,000 seat dining hall, gym, medical facility and retail.
Murdoch poses alongside his creation
Murdoch poses alongside his creation
The full scale of preparations can only be fully appreciated from the air
The full scale of preparations can only be fully appreciated from the air

1 Comment

JohnFleming
#1 Posted by JohnFleming on 15 Jul 2014 at 14:26 PM
I thought that there would be more than one athlete at this games - "Athlete's Village". Where are the rest of the athletes staying?

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