Athletes' Village springs into action ahead of Commonwealth Games debut
July 10 2014
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.
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