FP100: No. 22

Phoenix sculpture at Balmaise in Leven
Phoenix sculpture at Balmaise in Leven

Balmaise Phoenix, Leven

The Phoenix at Balmaise in Leven was designed by Andy Scott, who also created the horse sculpture on the M8 and the famous Kelpies near Falkirk, among other notable works.

Appropriately, the phoenix was chosen to symbolise a rising new era for housing, services and quality of life on the Broom estate, which had undergone a transformation, starting in the early 1990s.

It had become a deeply unpopular place to live, for many reasons, but the whole community was involved in its revival.

The infamous ‘black blocks’ of flats were pulled down and new social housing and family homes built and occupied.

Groups such as Glenfield/Glen Housing Association and the Broom Community Forum, and others, liaised with the local authority, with the improvements completed by the early 2000s.

The phoenix was unveiled on May 28, 2003.