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Highland Council push River Ness amphitheatre concept

May 25 2018

Highland Council push River Ness amphitheatre concept
The Highland Council have published fresh concepts for ‘The Gathering Place’, a public art project destined for the banks of the River Ness.

Simply titled ‘My Ness’ the concept calls for a focal gathering point to be created at the Little Isle Pool off Fisherman’s car park by forming a semi-circular amphitheatre in the heart of the city looking out to a smaller twin on the opposite bank.

A refuge from everyday life the contemplative space will offer expansive views of the river, incorporating its own walkway and seating area to encourage use.

Tristan Surtees of arts practice Sans Facon, who delivered the design in partnership with OSA, said: “The work aims to complement the river and people’s relationship to it, to frame and invite others to appreciate it.

 “A thin ribbon of stone frames the Ness, starting as an access, becoming a path to run along for a child, a bench for reading a book, a viewing point up and down the river, a back-rest for looking across it. In its upstream portion it weaves through the trees and bushes to offer a unique view up the river or back to the Castle and Cathedral.”

The project is the direct successor to a pivoting pier promoted as centerpiece of the River Ness Arts Project in 2015.
Further detailed design work is planned prior to a full planning application
Further detailed design work is planned prior to a full planning application


#1 Posted by Sven on 25 May 2018 at 15:42 PM
Why the unhealthy fixation of installing ‘art’ at the river Ness? It is landscaping and not art as frankly the area looks better without this, and art should always add or improve.
#2 Posted by Terra on 29 May 2018 at 07:42 AM
wow. fantastic idea!
#3 Posted by Cadmonkey on 31 May 2018 at 08:50 AM
This is weird.
How many people do you think are going to recognise any link to the sliver of circle on the opposite bank?
Why would you put a “gathering space” on the bank of a river like that?
“Gathering space” for what exactly?
Would they not need a stage or something in the river?
I thought Highland Council had no money?
This does seem like a strange obsession.

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