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Friday, May 25, 2012

Starchitecture consultation...

From the Beeb.

A public exhibition is to be held on plans for a £4.2m landmark sculpture on the Scotland-England border at Gretna. It will allow for public comment before a planning application is submitted to Dumfries and Galloway Council. 
Cecil Balmond's Star of Caledonia was selected as the winning design from an international competition last year. Judges said it would provide an "iconic welcome and an ever-changing contemporary symbol of a confident, creative Scotland". 
The site earmarked for the sculpture is on agricultural land just off the A74(M) motorway and overlooks the River Sark which marks the border. 
Investment plans The Gretna Landmark Trust, which is working to secure the investment needed to take the project forward, has announced a four-day public exhibition of the proposals. A representative from the project team will be on hand to answer any questions. 
The event will run from 1 to 4 June at the Richard Greenhowe Centre in Gretna. The flagship landmark will have a potential audience of 10 million people crossing the Scotland-England border at Gretna every year. 
It is hoped the design can be put in place in time for the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

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  1. Intriguing design developments - initially the proposals seemed more like 'sculptures on bases'.... now this is looking more like a collaboration; conceived as a landform that grows up into a different form and material. Looks like there is still work to do on the silhouette and the way the steel connects to air, sky and weather. To get a contrasting material 'to grow' out of the ground is one of the hardest sculptural challenges there is - plaudits for the ambition and significant progress as a physical form.

  2. The Unoriginal AnonymousMay 29, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    So it's not a big shiny metal thing on top of a squiggly hill then?

  3. Is this ugly thing on the landscape really necessary?