Two stunning pieces of “iconic” art are set to transform the drab west entrance to Kirkcaldy.
One, a huge sculpture by world renowned, Methil-born artist David Mach will involve a huge piece of metal tack covered driftwood in a wave/fishlike shape taking pride of place at the west end of the town’s Esplanade.
And the other will see a large “Art Wall”, by Innerleithen based artist Lara Greene, constructed at the A921 Kinghorn Road and Bridge Street road junction at the entrance to the town from Kinghorn and the Quarry Road.
The purpose of the Art Wall, a seascape scene made from various different materials which will be mounted on the boundary wall of Morrisons supermarket, will be to provide a distinctive gateway to the town which, for a long time, has been seen as very dull and boring, while the David Mach sculpture is designed “to punctuate the Esplanade with a high quality, inventive and individual piece of art work.”
Both pieces have been commissioned by Morrisons supermarket.
Various proposals for the artworks were brought before a panel of local judges last October, with the panel including representatives from Kirkcaldy4All, the Kirkcaldy’s Ambitions group and Fife College, choosing the successful pieces.
Marilyn Livingstone, representing Kirkcaldy’s Ambitions, said: “They are both amazing and the David Mach iconic sculpture will be a real attraction. Both artists have really captured the concept of what this is about.
“It was a privilege to be involved in this and I really hope everyone in the town likes them.”
Martin Terris, general manager at Morrisons in Kirkcaldy, said: “Morrisons have been committed from the start to playing a full part in the regeneration of Invertiel. The sculpture and Art Wall will provide an iconic image which will welcome visitors and showcase the change Morrisons has brought to Kirkcaldy.”
Councillor Neil Crooks, chairman of the Kirkcaldy area committee, added: “These two pieces fit our idea of an iconic sculpture to welcome people to Kirkcaldy perfectly.
“To have such a well respected and world renowned artist as David Mach involved shows how important he considers this, and we look forward to seeing it in place. If we could get the whole of this area cleared it would show it to its best advantage and help future development.”
Councillor Susan Leslie, whose ward includes the area, said: “I am disappointed that wider consultation was not considered as this will be a part of our local communities. I like public art and it adds a great deal to our towns as I hope this will do.”