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

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Completion for Stranraer project

I was shocked and delighted last week to be awarded the Saltire Society Award for Art in Architecture for the Stranraer Castle Square project. The award was given jointly with my good friend and fellow artist David Ralston who also worked on the project - the judges noting that the whole square worked as integrated whole with my work together with David's and the architect Smith, Scott, Mullan Associates and we were joined at the ceremony by the excellent project architect Rachel Simmonds.
This award is only presented biannually and is Scotland's only award for art in public.

photo from my phone (!)
There is more info about the award on PublicArtScotland and TheCommonty

As part of the press follow up to the award I was sent these finished photos of the project by photographer Zvonko Kracun 

Aerial view from Castle of St John - artwork Wiel in the centre
Detail of one end of the artwork 'Greywacke' which comprises a low wall that rises into a boulder outcrop

Detail of the lettering of Mary Smith's poem 'Ocean' which is inscribed into the top of Greywacke
For completions sake this photo (not by Zvonko) shows two of the 29 bronze Bubble Bosses that were the final part of my overall artwork for Stranraer - these were not installed until after the judging process for the Saltire Award

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