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Pioneering town art celebrated in new photo exhibition

4 July 2012

                           “The Audience” sculpture inspired the winning junior photograph, taken by 14-year-old Caitlin Donald from Glenrothes. Caitlin is pictured next to “The Working Men” sculpture, created by town artist Malcolm Robertson in 1993.

The unique public art of Glenrothes is being celebrated in a new photography exhibition which captures the cultural contribution made by more than 100 public sculptures across the town.

The exhibition by Historic Scotland, which listed four of the town’s sculptures last year, was opened by the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, Tricia Marwick MSP.

The photographs were selected from a competition organised by the agency, and follows the launch of a free downloadable booklet offering maps and trails linked to the 140 art works.

Begun in the mid-1960s, the sculptures were central to the creation of the new town. The Glenrothes Development Corporation employed the UK’s first town artist, a move which sparked interest at home and abroad, and led to the Glenrothes message spreading to countries including the USA, Japan and Australia.

Ms Marwick said the people of the town held the public art in high esteem, and that the sculptures gave the town its soul: “It is a very rare thing indeed to get art work listed, and I want to thank Historic Scotland for that.”

The agency’s Head of Listing and Designed Landscapes, Elizabeth McCrone said: “The photos in the exhibition reflect the enthusiasm people feel for these special sculptures, which are significant in a Scottish and international context. They are also great fun, and make you smile – this is art for everyone.”

The collection ranges from naturalistic figures, such as “The Working Men” by Malcolm Robertson, to huge animal sculptures including “Feeding Hippos” by David Harding and Stanley Bonnar.

Images from the contest are on display at Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, until August 9th.

The Glenrothes Town Art booklet with downloadable maps can be found at

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