Star of Caledonia scale model unveiled
September 3 2013
De-marking the border between the two nations which has existed since the 16th century the project is being masterminded by artist and designer Cecil Balmond in collaboration with land artist Charles Jencks.
Jan Hogarth, co-producer of EAFS, said: “This festival is all about the future – raising questions about art, politics, the environment and sustainable living. It’s also about having fun.
“It was fantastic to be able to unveil the new scale model of the Star of Caledonia, so people can start to get an idea of what it will look like when complete. It’s a really exciting project and this feels like it has taken another step towards becoming a reality.”
Construction of the motorway landmark is currently on hold awaiting funding.
Image taken by Colin Hattersley
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“The landmark is where architecture, artistry and engineering goes to die. The most positive thing that can be said about Balmond's Gretna proposal is that it is not the hideously ugly Olympic landmark. I would congratulate Balmond however in his recent television interview where he brought in all manner of Scottishness to explain his back of an envelope scheme; from our great inventors, artists and architects to our stoic national character, all of us reaching for the stars. It's no wonder the jury and Jencks were impressed,”
“The reality is that, in my opinion, it is a half baked idea, which lacks wit, resolution in architectural detail and engineering complexity and therefore unworthy of such a great engineer as Balmond and Scotland.”