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Airdrie ‘Skytower’ earns architecture award

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September 12 2014

Airdrie ‘Skytower’ earns architecture award
An Airdrie sculpture has won an architectural award for its role in regenerating disused spaces in the town.

Designed by artist Rob Mulholland in collaboration with local schoolchildren Skytower is intended to reflect the power of nature and was erected back in June 2013.

Woven from individually cut lengths of metal rod to resemble sticks and willow the piece stands 6m tall on its hilltop site.

Andy Gallacher, Forestry Commission Scotland community ranger for Airdrie commented: “The sculpture is fantastic and certainly makes a statement on the landscape. We wanted to find a way of getting the local community involved with the regeneration of the woodland.”

Mulholland, who has just completed designs for two sculptures as artist in residency at Cuningar Loop, added: “It was really great to receive this award, particularly as it crosses professional boundaries; I never thought I would receive the main architectural award.”

Skytower won a Galvanizing in Architecture award from the Galvanizers Association.

Photography by Ashley Coombes
Mulholland was blown away by the accolade
Mulholland was blown away by the accolade

3 Comments

Ian
#1 Posted by Ian on 12 Sep 2014 at 20:49 PM
Glad to see an award going to Airdrie. The town has had such a negative image. This might just give Airdreonians some hope and confidence.
A Local Pleb
#2 Posted by A Local Pleb on 15 Sep 2014 at 13:47 PM
I think the sculpture is great but is it not misleading to suggest the space it is located in is disused and in need of regeneration? Airdrie maybe does but the sculpture is within Rawyards a Forestry Commission Community Woodland on the edge of the town!
Tom Manley
#3 Posted by Tom Manley on 15 Sep 2014 at 15:48 PM
great photographs...

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