Glenrothes MSP Tricia Marwick has welcomed the proposal from Historic Scotland that several pieces of Glenrothes town art are to be given protected status.
Following a long-running campaign by Mrs Marwick, Historic Scotland has revealed that five pieces of art have been proposed for Listing due to their individual significance and their contribution to the wider Glenrothes Town Art model.
Achieving protected status are Ex Terra, Church Street ; The Henge, Beaufort Drive; Work (or Industry, Past and Present), Western Freeway; The Heritage (Lest We Forget), Falkland Square ; The Birds.
Mrs Marwick initially requested the town’s art to be given protected status after a succesful campaign by the Gazette to restore the Rothes Remembered sculpture to its rightful position in the Rothes Halls.
Following Mrs Marwick’s art appeal, Historic Scotland undertook a thematic study of Glenrothes’ art work and will consult locally shortly.
As part of her campaign, Mrs Marwick repeatedly raised this issue in the Scottish Parliament and also welcomed senior officials from Historic Scotland to Glenrothes for a personal tour of the town art.
Mrs Marwick said: “I am thrilled that Historic Scotland has agreed to my request to list some of our town’s most iconic pieces of artwork. This is excellent news and it ensures that five of our sculptures, including the wonderful Ex Terra statue at Glenrothes Bus Station, are set to be given the national recognition it deserves.
“A lot of people in Glenrothes were furious when Fife Council officials moved much loved sculptures, such as Rexie the Dinosaur in Caskieberran and the Elephants in Pitcoudie, from their communities. This was exactly why I campaigned for Glenrothes town art to be listed as this would ensure a full consultation must take place before any sculpture is removed or destroyed.
“While not all of our town art will be listed due to their age and other considerations, I am pleased that five of our most identifiable sculptures are set to be given this protected status.
“The feedback I have had [on her campaign] from so many town residents has been fantastic.
“Our town art makes Glenrothes the place it is today and I am so pleased that Historic Scotland has recognised this.”