....Research Topics and Speculation about Art and Public Space by Scottish Citizen and artist Matt Baker

Monday, 7 March 2011

Castle Square - open

Tuesday 22nd Feb saw the public opening on the new public space around the Castle of St John in Stranraer. Scottish Government Minister for Housing and Communities Alex Neil MSP did the honours.

It was a proper SW Scotland occasion, with a cheery determination to wish the project and the town well, despite the grey, damp and cold weather.
Stranraer Youth Theatre performing on my artwork Bubbles after the speeches
The Castle itself was also being formally opened after renovation and interpretation work - it is an amazing thing to have in a small town affording incredible views over the rooftops and out along Loch Ryan
View of the Castle - after renovation work, but before work started on the new public square
View from the Castle over Loch Ryan
View from the Castle on the day of the Opening - marquee for speakers and an aerial view of Bubbles
The night time illumination of the town centre is spectacular:
This is part of a panorama image taken by local photographer David Rowley
You can see the full and interactive panorama of the square here

Everyone connected with the project was really pleased with the public reaction to the work in the square and the castle - we even got a good write-up in the local paper....
 Thanks to everyone involved for a memorable project....I've not quite completed my work here though - there are still some small bronze casts that are to be set into the paving now that everything is in solidly in place.

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