Kirkcaldy woman’s design chosen for new art installation

Katie Watt and Ellen Brown with the new art installation
Katie Watt and Ellen Brown with the new art installation
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A Kirkcaldy woman will see her design for an interpretation celebrating the history and return of sea eagles to East Scotland on display in Broughty Ferry.

Ellen Brown (24), who studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design before graduating in 2012, won a competition to design the interpretation installed by Dundee City Council and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Student Katie Watt won a second competition to design the interpretation to accompany Ellen’s feathers.

The interpretation tells the story of sea eagles in East Scotland from their appearance on Pictish stones to their reintroduction and the first successful breeding in 2013.

Ellen said: “In 2009, my university class was given the great opportunity to work with RSPB Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and Forestry Commission Scotland, to create work that would promote their East Scotland Sea Eagle project.

“Not only was it exciting to be working on a brief with input from outside the art college, it also gave us a great chance to gain insight into a project we may not have heard about otherwise.

“I’ve loved the opportunity to work with everyone and help create something that will allow people to gain insight into the reintroduction project the way I did.”

Will Dawson, convener of Dundee’s city development committee, said: “Ellen’s feathers and Katie’s etched interpretation are an exciting new public artwork situated in a fantastic location.

“I hope people stop to view the work, and who knows, even see a sea eagle fly by.”