Councillors awarded £25,000 towards the refurbishment of Glenrothes town art, reports KEVIN QUINN.
With some of the town’s most celebrated and loved works dating back to the 1960s, this award for the second phase of the renovation work is seen as crucial in keeping the artworks for future generations to enjoy.
Locality Support Team Leader Margaret Reilly revealed that one of the former town artists has been involved in the project.
She said: “We don’t have too much details at this stage. Nothing in particular has been identified, we have no priority work to focus on.
“Malcolm Robertson carried out a very detailed audit of all the town art to give us a starting point to preserve it for the future.
“We have got a clear strategy for looking after the town art and then after these next two financial years there will be a maintenance programme, which will be on-going to take care of the future of the town’s art.
“This is extremely important.”
Renovation work carried out last year caused controversy when artworks were moved from their community locations into more central spots, including ‘Rexie’ the dinosaur from Caskieberran.
However Mrs Reilly was quick to point out that this will not happen during phase two of the renovation work.
She added: “Nothing is getting moved. There was never any intention to move anything again.”
Mrs Reilly also told the Gazette that renovation work should begin after the council elections in May.
Town artist Malcolm Robertson carried out his audit two years ago, from which the renovation work will asses the priorities.
He said: “I congratulate the council for still keeping the town art in good condition and for caring.
“It was always the idea at the very beginning to try to create a sense of culture and heritage in a brand new town, where there wasn’t any.
“A lot of people have fond memories and a warmth for some of these pieces, giving the town a sense of culture and heritage.
“And we are now taking a responsibility to look after that in the future, which is obviously good news.
“And, it’s nice to think that many of these pieces can stay where they were designed for.”
Speaking at the Glenrothes Area Committee last week councillors were happy to award the funding.
Cllr John Beare said: “I think what we have done is progress plans that did not exist before. I’m very happy to support this, which gives longevity to the unique artwork here.”
Cllr Bill Kay said: “When money is tight there is always a question mark of whether or not to spend it on this kind of thing.
“But the reality is, if we do not protect the art now, we lose it forever. So I think we should award the money.”