Mach art coming to Leven

David Mach
David Mach

Come September, Leven will have its very own Mach masterpiece after the Community Council confirmed the artist’s involvement on Thursday.

Plans to get Methil-born sculptor David Mach involved in a memorial event to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem were revealed back in October.

And at the meeting held last week, members agreed on proposals put forward by Mr Mach and his brother Robert.

Now it is all systems go, and the Community Council plan to apply to the Leven Common Good Fund for the cash needed to create the artwork and to put on a whole weekend of events.

The news comes just weeks after Mach’s involvement in the project was plunged into doubt over issues with the cost of creating a unique sculpture marking the involvement of the Polish 1st Independent Parachute Brigade, who were based in Levenmouth, in the Battle of Arnhem.

In initial drawings shown to members, the artist detailed plans for a large, spherical plaque depicting Scottish and Polish emblems. The plaque would be made out of thousands of tacks and then cast in bronze, before being erected on top of a “large rock”.

“It would be so big that people could actually travel around it, and it wouldn’t need any sort of foundation,” said Mach.

“It will appear quite traditional, but we’ll do it in a slightly different way. And bronze weathers beautifully.”

The plaque will also contain words or a saying dedicated to those who fought under General Sosabowski and Mr Mach was keen to discuss what it should say.

“The wording has to be done quite sensitively so we need to think about what it will say, how it will say it and of course, it will have to be in English and Polish. It has to be very respectful.”

He added: “We have to have a big Polish input – it’s a really important thing. All the freedoms we enjoy today are because of these guys, so this is serious.”

The plans were warmly welcomed by community council members who will now forge ahead with events for the memorial weekend in September, including a series of lectures, exhibition and book.

It is hoped the application to the Common Good Fund will be submitted by the end of this month, and a decision made on funds by April.