Airdrie children’s community sculpture officially launched

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18 JUNE 2013NEWS RELEASE No: 15972

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A community sculpture partly designed by children from two primary schools in Airdrie has been officially launched today (Tuesday 18th June) in a new community woodland at Rawyards.

Children from St Serfs and Clarkston Primary Schools along with local councillor James Logue opened the sculpture today for the whole community to see and enjoy.

The woodland themed sculpture was commissioned by Forestry Commission Scotland to bring the community together and help the children, from St Serfs and Clarkston Primary Schools, contribute to their local community.

Ideas and plans from the children were collected by Scottish artist, Rob Mulholland, when he visited both schools to discuss the project. These ideas were combined into one installation which has been placed in Rawyards woodland for the whole community to enjoy.

Andy Gallacher, Forestry Commission Scotland community ranger for Airdrie commented:

"We came up with the idea while we were making the initial improvements to the area and installing paths. We wanted to find a way of getting the local community involved with the woodland as we hope it will become a community hub. We asked school children to help design pieces that will be included within the artwork.  They have blown us away with their creativity - with ideas that we'd never have thought about.

“We’re so excited that the sculpture has now been built and put in place, and the children are very excited to be connected to their area and community in such a personal way.”

The children of Clarkston Primary have also been involved in the regeneration of the community woodland, helping plant 40 broad-leaved trees including rowan, birch and oak.

Artist, Rob Mulholland, added: “The opportunity to build Skytower has been a real pleasure, especially working with the children whose contribution to the overall project was very important.

“As an artist making public artworks it’s always interesting to work with the local community and to get their input. I conducted workshops with both schools and enjoyed the children's enthusiasm. It was interesting to see their thoughts develop regarding how we interact with our environment.

“I hope working with the children on this project has given them a real insight into the processes involved in creating an artwork and has inspired them to develop and explore their own creativity.” 

Jo Steele, head teacher at St Serfs commented:

“One of our main aims at St Serfs is to encourage the children to engage with the outdoors and think creatively. That's why we were so excited about this project; it motivated the children to engage creatively with something meaningful beyond the walls of the school. They have become involved with the wider Airdrie community and learned about the outdoors whilst they are doing it.

“I discussed with the children that when they are older they could be walking in the woodland with their family and be able to say that they took part in making it. It's a great project to teach the children to work together and learn that no one's ideas are wrong - everyone has something to add.  When we say 'Rawyards' now, it no longer means the roundabout up the road, but a beautiful sculpture that all the children can be proud of.”

Amy Ralston, Primary 7 teacher at Clarkston Primary School added:

“We jumped at the chance to be involved in this exciting project. The class loved meeting the artist and visiting the site where they took photographs to help inspire their thinking for the designs.   Everyone in the class is really looking forward to helping launch the finished sculpture and we are proud to have been involved in such an interesting and unique design project.” 

The sculpture is designed to represent an exact moment, frozen in time, of a gust of wind having blown over the tower and its construction of interwoven branches.

Notes to Editors

1.   Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government’s Environment & Forestry Directorate

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4. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0131 314 6508.