Tuesday 22nd February saw the public launch of the newly refurbished Castle of St John and the surrounding square. The overall project was by Edinburgh architects Smith Scott Mullan – integrated into the design are work by D+G artists Matt Baker and David Ralston and poetry by Castle Douglas’ own Mary Smith.
More info about the art commissions here
These commissions were organised through Jan Hogarth and Emily Dunn for DGArts
|Mary Smith's Poem 'Ocean' is carved into the coping of a low retaining wall|
|Detail of the lettering of the inscribed poem|
|The 'hill' end of the wall (part completed)|
|The 'ocean' end of the wall|
|Matt Baker's model of the 'bubbles' performance area|
|Bubbles artwork seen from the Castle of St John at the opening|
Amazing 360 degree panorama of Castle Square taken from the middle of 'Bubbles'
|Stranraer Youth Theatre performing at the Opening|
|David Ralston - Collection Rock|
The Collection Rock is a 3 tonne granite boulder from the local landscape - this commission was developed to make a replacement for a Wishing Well charity collection feature that was previously in the public space. David's artwork also functions as a collection box and is operated by the Stranraer Rotary Club
|The coin drop|