A NEW sculpture has been unveiled in Strathclyde Park which celebrates the success of the 2011 International Children’s Games.
The steel-screen artwork is situated near the pedestrian bridge over the Clyde between Motherwell and Hamilton and involved pupils from Dalziel High School and Logans Primary School working in collaboration with Borders-based artist Susheila Jamieson.
Artist Susheila, explained how she worked with the pupils to create the design.
She said: “The unveiling was a really special moment for everyone who took part and a nice way to celebrate the team effort which made the artwork possible.
“The pupils worked really well together creating action figures, inspired by the International Children’s Games’ logo, and then laying the cut-outs on to black paper to create a panel. They found hundreds of different ways of laying out the figures.
“Now that it’s in place, the pupils have had fun spotting the individual figures they helped to develop.
“We’ve had a great deal of interest from people passing by, many of whom used to work in the steel industry and asking us all about it: there’s a great deal of pride and awareness about the success of the 2011 International Children’s Games.”
The pupils were delighted to see their work on show.
Georgia Lee (14) of Dalziel High School, said: “I think the new sculpture looks really good. It’s so surprising what can come from just a few pieces of paper and some rough ideas - which is all we started with!”
Former Logans Primary School pupil Ashley McNeill (12) now attends Braidhurst High School.
She said: “It’s amazing! It feels weird seeing something you’ve worked on actually come to fruition. I didn’t expect it to be so good; it’s been an honour to be involved.”
Nathan Donnelly (11) of Dalziel High School added: “I love the way all the figures seem to be jumping about. It’s been interesting seeing how the art process works.”
Both North and South Lanarkshire Councils were determined that the Games should have a lasting legacy in order to fully develop the social and economic benefits and take responsibility for environmental impacts; this new and impressive piece of art is part of that legacy goal.
Councillor Helen McKenna, convener of North Lanarkshire’s environmental services, said: “This sculpture not only celebrates the largest event ever held in Lanarkshire but also contributes to several of the legacy themes set out in the Legacy Plan namely Education and Learning and the local Economy and Environment.”
The steel was supplied a Glen Metals of Coatbridge with the piece sponsored by Balfour Beatty Workplace.
Tony McLaughlin, from Balfour Beatty Workplace, said: “Following such a successful event, it is fitting that pupils from schools are working to produce a lasting and sustainable piece of original artwork which celebrates and remembers just how successful the games were.”
Jim Logue, convener of North Lanarkshire’s learning and leisure services, added: “Local school pupils were actively involved in the creative process with Susheila who then brought their ideas and suggestions to life using steel from Lanarkshire to create sculpture.
“We are extremely grateful to Balfour Beatty Workplace for their sponsorship.
“I hope this artwork brings pleasure to those who visit the park and its environs and it is viewed as an enhancement to this busy, public green space.”
The ribbon of offically open the sculpture was cut by South Lanarkshire’s depute leader Jackie Burns.
He said: “We in Lanarkshire are very proud to have hosted the Games last year and as our memories of the highly charged, energetic days of competition and activity fade, we are left with this very fitting, permanent reminder of the enjoyment the games gave to young sportsmen and women from 34 countries around the world.”