Kirkcaldy gateway art pieces in place next month

David Mach 's renowned work will soon extend to Kirkcaldy as he unveils his latest designs.
David Mach 's renowned work will soon extend to Kirkcaldy as he unveils his latest designs.
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Two pieces of art specially designed to mark the western gateway to Kirkcaldy should be completed and in place by the end of November.

The architects in charge of the works and Morrison’s supermarket, which commissioned them almost two years ago, confirmed the date this week.

They said the works, by world-renowned Fife sculptor David Mach and Innerleithen-based artist Lara Greene, who is doing the artwall piece which will go on the boundary wall of Morrisons, were expected to be finished some time next month.

The sculpture by Methil-born 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 by Lara will see a large “art wall” on a nautical theme constructed at the A921 Kinghorn Road and Bridge Street road junction at the entrance to the town from Kinghorn and the Quarry Road.

Adam Stanners, an architect with Glasgow-based Smith Design, said he hoped that the finished sculptures could be unveiled to the public in some sort of ceremony, with the artists present.

“They were finding it difficult to commit to the initial timescales due to a combination of reasons, but now they are both confident that they will be finished soon.

“I know that David’s sculpture has been moved from the workshop in Aberdeen where the frame has been shaped and is now in Kirriemuir for the next stage, which should take around a month.

“Lara is busy working on some prototypes she has made, and we anticipate they will be finished around the same time.

“We haven’t got an official date yet, but we are anticipating early November.”

Questions have been asked by people in Kirkcaldy on the time the project is taking, with councillors saying they had expected the artworks to be in place by now.

However the artists said a timescale had never been stipulated.

Councillor Neil Crooks, chairman of Kirkcaldy area committee, said members had anticipated them being available by summer, although he claimed that was “anecdotal and not a firm deadline”.

“It is more important to have the artwork finished to the standards set by the artists than to push a deadline which is unrealistic for creative purity.

‘‘The concepts of the art would need to have been fleshed out and the practicalities of the work met, so November is actually a reasonable outcome in the circumstances.”