New art feature in town park

Kenneth Craig (Fife Council), Ian Ferguson (of Beveridge Park Development Group) & Sculptor Kenny Munro at the new poetry stones
Kenneth Craig (Fife Council), Ian Ferguson (of Beveridge Park Development Group) & Sculptor Kenny Munro at the new poetry stones

A unique art feature of letter cut stones carved with the words of a poem have been unveiled in a popular Kirkcaldy park.

Members of Beveridge Park Development Group have been working with Kinghorn sculptor Kenny Munro to produce the feature which consists of a ring of eight large stones.

The stones - which are set out in a circle directly on the ground within a grove of trees on the upper slopes of Beveridge Park - have been carved with the words: “Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven”, which are taken from a piece of work by Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore.

Coincidently this year marks 100 years from when Tagore was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913.

Ian Ferguson, chairman of Beveridge Park Development Group, said: “The feature follows on from the success of placing the Trawler poetry stone in Ravenscraig Park in 2008.

“Kenny sees this latest project as a new exciting opportunity to extend the role of Story Stones as significant land art features which promote creative writing/sculpture and links with the growing network of such features throughout the region.

“As a local connection Kenny advised that Tagore claimed that the book which influenced him most, as a child, was Robinson Crusoe (based on Fife’s illustrious son Alexander Selkirk).”

Ian said the project has been funded by contributions from The Kirkcaldy Common Good Fund, Fife Council culture grants scheme and Kirkcaldy West Community Council.

The large stones used in the feature were generously donated by Thomas Menzies (Builders) Ltd which transported them free of charge from their yard in Dunfermline to an open shed in the walled garden in Ravenscraig Park where Kenny carried out the carving.

Scott Clelland, Fife Council area parks team leader (Kirkcaldy area), said: “The poetry stones are an exciting piece of interpretational artwork which will present an additional opportunity for individuals to use Beveridge Park.

“We hope to create an atmosphere where visitors will be stimulated to consider their impact on the local environment and the world around us.”

He added: “This is an example of how the Beveridge Park Development Group use local raw material with the creativity of Kenny Munro to provide an exceptional park asset.”