FP100: No. 67

Apple of Life
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Apple of Life

One of Fife’s newest public artworks is a bronze sculpture of an apple, designed by a former St Leonards pupil at Robertson Homes’ development at Abbey Park.

‘Apple of Life’ was the winning design in a competition organised by the builder and the school. Former head girl Charotte Lorimer’s winning design ‘Apple of Life’ represents knowledge, discovery, innovation, courage and beauty.

When the sculpture was unveiled, Charlotte explained: “When an apple is cut horizontally, the five pointed star, hidden within the apple, is revealed. Each band represents a value drawn from five stories. In the Adam and Eve creation story, the apple represents knowledge. For the scientist Isaac Newton the apple falling from the tree allegedly led to his discovery of gravity. The Apple logo has come to represent exceptional innovation. The William Tell legend is an extraordinary display of courage. The last of my associations is with the Greek myth of the Beauty Contest judged by Paris which contributed to the Trojan War. The prize for the most beautiful Goddess was a golden apple. The apple represents not only beauty but the danger of vanity.”