KILDONAN Museum’s striking sculpture could be given a colourful new lease of life after powering past the competition to make the exclusive shortlist of smash-hit nationwide contest, Brighten Scotland.
Nominations flooded in from all over the country and the South Uist artwork – created by Malcolm Robertson in 1998 to mark the reopening of the museum – fended off stiff competition to be named as one of the six finalists.
The Brighten Scotland competition aims to find Scotland’s most deserving public structure for a metal make-over. If Kildonan’s sculpture is chosen as the overall winner, it will be entirely re-coated, free of change, thanks to Highland Galvanizers.
Managing Director, Geoff Crowley, said: “We received dozens of nominations from residents all over the country and we were pleased to see local authorities really got behind the initiative.
“It’s heartening to see people taking pride in their communities and supporting the spirit of the competition – to inject some colour into Scotland’s built environment.
“Choosing the most worthy structures for the shortlist has involved some tough decisions, but the judging panel have an even harder task ahead – picking a winner out of these six worthy projects for a colourful make-over.”
Specialising in the Colourgalv® treatment – a fusion of traditional hot-sip galvanizing and powder colour coating – Highland will treat the winning structure with this bright, durable finish which stays colourfast for up to 30 years and protects structures against rust and corrosion for up to a century.
Other structures to make the shortlist include: a children’s seating area in Gordon Park in Ellon; a set of park benches in Cunningham Watt Park in East Ayrshire; fencing around the Robert Burns statue in Paisley’s Fountain Park; the gates to Duns Park in the Scottish Borders and metal artwork at Kilmarnock’s Foregate multi-storey car park.
Highland is joined by an expert panel of judges, featuring leading steelwork artist Andy Scott; John Glenday, editor of Scotland’s leading design; and built environment magazine ‘Urban Realm’; and Dave Heflin of powdercoating supplier AkzoNobel.
The winner of Brighten Scotland will be announced in January 2012 and restoration will be carried out early next year.