Image showing design with ocatagons and a flower and leaves, the design has been sandblasted into the granite and painted with silver paint.

Cowgate Gateway Markers

Materials: Emerald Pearl Granite

Created: 2017

Client: East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust & East Dunbartonshire Council

H: 288cm W: 148cm D: 14cm

Categories: Commissions, Works in Progress, Workshops

View at: Kirkintilloch town centre

In relation to this project I ran a practical casting workshop using clay and plaster with the Champions Group (ambassadors for town planning improvements), Kirkintilloch Antiquaries and U3A – an opportunity to ask members of the community what they would like to see reflected in the Gateway Markers. I also carried out consultation with secondary school pupils at St Ninian’s High School, getting them to tell me about their local knowledge and make sketches. This led to further research with the archivist. Themes and ideas adopted included the Puffers synonymous with Kirkintilloch and imagery from the town’s coat of arms.


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