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A new tourist attraction in Scotland is the Andy Scott Sculpture Trail.
The Andy Scott Sculpture Trail is a large collection of art situated in Clackmannanshire and is not a long drive from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth and Dundee all less than sixty minutes by vehicle.
The trail has six wonderful sculptures in it as listed below.
Andy Scott is an alumni of Glasgow School of Art and his work can be seen in many other countries.
The Journey’s End
I Can See for Miles
Andy Scott Trail Map
He also designed what is possibly his most Famous Sculpture "The Kelpies".
I would like to thank Clackmannanshire Council for the Photos from their Website and allowing me to show them here
Thanks also to Marilyns World.
To see more of her works here
The Kelpies are 30-metre-high horse-head sculptures depicting kelpies which according to Scottish folklore are water horses, they are capable of shape-shifting. They inhabit the Lochs and pools of Scotland. It is described to look like a horse, but can take a human form. Said to delight in drowning its victims. In certain stories, it loves the human liver.
The Journey's End
On the outskirts of Clackmannan on the Marywood roundabout stands a fantastic Scuplture created by Andy Scott which was was installed in 2009.
Two figures stand atop two halves of a steel arc which are intended to look as though they are connecting. The figures reach out and make the connection and each holds a symbolic element.
The male figure holds a crown, which is a feature from Clackmannanshire's heraldic coat of arms. The female holds a draped circle of 23 stars, which represent the flag of the European Union, the suggestion being that Clackmannanshire is welcoming Europe and visitors from the east via the new bridge.
The composition creates an archway which frames the road beyond the roundabout leading into the county.
My thanks go to Clackmannanshire Council's Website which helped in my Research.
Click here to see their Site and links to the other Statues.
I Can See For Miles
The third sculpture from Andy Scott, signifies the regeneration of Alloa, and was installed in Station Square in May 2008.
There are two figures in this sculpture. One is an adult man wearing a traditional flat cap and a young person. This Sculpture creates a vision between King Street and the Asda Store
The figures symbolise the working past of the town, through the adult figure, and the potential future for the town and area, personified by the child. The child in essence rises from the industrial past and looks towards the town.
This is the largest Sculpture on the Andy Scott trail and is situated in Alloa
This intention of this sculpture was as a tribute to the role of the emergency services and armed forces in society.
The hand is derived from the Gauntlets which appear on the heraldic coat of arms for Clackmannanshire. The gauntlet is to signify the emergency services supporting the Lady and Child who represent a traditional mother and child where the mother holds the Gauntlet for support and the child holds onto the Mother for comfort.
The figures are festooned with stars, symbolising the celestial references of most religions, without implicitly adhering to any particular religion.
On the Collylands Roundabout, between Sauchie & Alva Can be seen the Statue River Spirit.
This was the first of Andy Scott's art work for Clackmannanshire and was installed in June 2007.
The sculpture shows a female figure growing out of a trunk base made up of a mosaic of steel flat bar segments. Her foliage hands hold woven steel bars in the shape of the River Forth above her head.
My Thanks go to Marilyn's world
Click here to see more of her art
Air Spirit is located at the Muirside Roundabout on B9140, in Tullibody.
This is a complimentary Statue to ‘River Spirit’.
This artwork is locally known as The Striding Man.
and represents the surrounding landscape with the male figure striding with purpose towards the Ochil Hills.
This statue represents a boy with a fox's head sitting on a water wheel, and was installed in Menstrie's Midtown Gardens in December 2008.
The figure depicts both past and modern Menstrie life. The boy is dressed in modern style complete with trainers and hoodie top and represents past and modern village life.
Inside the sculpture there is also a buzzard symbolising the pair who live in the woods, and under the boy's right hand a maple leaf, representing Menstrie's connection with Nova Scotia.
Other interesting Information.
In my research for this article I found that Andy Scott has in fact many many more statues through out Scotland and I will cover some mpore of these at a later date.
Watch this Space.
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