Artistic touch at Invertiel

David Mach on site. Pic: FPA
David Mach on site. Pic: FPA

The long-awaited David Mach sculpture which was commissioned for Kirkcaldy’s Esplanade next to the Morrison’s supermarket has finally appeared.

The 30-foot high wood and steel construction which is covered in metal tacks to catch the changing light, has been attracting a lot of attention since it was installed on its plinth at the end of last week, with many viewers asking what it is.

Speculation on social media has been rife, with suggestions including a wave, a ship’s mast and other, more unusual suggestions.

Two pieces of artwork, by Methil-born Mach and Innerleithen-based artist Lara Greene, were commissioned around 18 months ago by the supermarket to help brighten up the western gateway to the town.

A team of local representatives helped choose from a number of submissions.

Delays due to unforseen circumstances left people wondering, but the architects behind the plans said there had never been any firm timescale placed on the sculptures.

The first, an “art wall” featuring a multimedia panel seascape by Lara Greene, was erected on the wall outside the supermarket at the end of last year. It features elements of the Inverteil area’s past, from the linen and ropeworks to the seafront, made from a variety of materials, and is designed to provide a distinctive entrance to the town.

Councillor Neil Crooks, chairman of the Kirkcaldy area committee, said: “It is good to finally see the David Mach sculpture erected on site and it is something which I am sure will attract a lot of comment.

“It was commissioned through local people and consists of beach driftwood and a multitude of metal pins which will reflect in sunlight, changing the impression of the piece constantly from different angles.

“It is significant to have a piece of artwork by such a prestigious Scottish sculptor as a welcome to our Waterfront area and I look forward to people’s views and hope it attracts Mach’s international following to Kirkcaldy to see his work.”

A Morrisons spokesman said: “The artists have now finished most of the work for the sculpture and art wall at the store, but there are a few final elements which need to be completed.”

Life & times of David Mach

David Mach was born in 1956 in Methil. He studied at Duncan of Jordanston College of Art in Dundee. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1988 and elected a member of the Royal Academy of Arts a decade later. In 2000 he was appointed Professor of Sculpture at the Royal Academy Schools in London. His works include a number of famous public sculptures, including The Big Heids on the M8.