‘No timescale’ for Kirkcaldy’s iconic artwork

David Mach
David Mach

Residents and officials in Kirkcaldy have been left bamboozled as to why two sculptures, promised for the town’s western gateway, are still not in place.

A huge iconic wave sculpture by renowned artist David Mach and another, wall-mounted piece for the entrance to the town at Morrisons supermarket, were announced back in March, but have so far failed to materialise.

And local councillors and residents have been asking where they have got to almost four months on.

However the architects behind the project say that a deadline was never put on them, and have given reassurances that things are progressing well.

Methil-born artist Mach’s sculpture 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 Esplanade.

And the other will see a large ‘Art Wall’, by Innerleithen-based artist Lara Greene, constructed at the Kinghorn Road and Bridge Street road junction at the western entrance to the town.

Both pieces were commissioned by Morrisons supermarket to brighten up the gateway.

Proposals for the works were judged last October by a panel including representatives from Kirkcaldy4All, the Kirkcaldy’s Ambitions group and Fife College.

Bill Harvey manager of Kirkcaldy4All and a member of Kirkcaldy’s Ambitions board, said: “We are pushing for this behind the scenes and asking why it is taking so long. The plinth is in place waiting for the big sculpture.”

Councillor George Kay, added: “People have been asking about it and I’ve been trying to find out what is happening. They just seem to have disappeared off the face of the earth.”

Adam Stanners of architects, Smith Design of Glasgow, one of those involved in the project, said: “Mr Mach is working on his sculpture in Aberdeen and I am meeting him on Monday for an update. There was never a committed timescale for this.”