On Saturday, we read that Andy Scott’s new sculpture had been unveiled in Cumbernauld the day before, so headed through for a few photos.
Provisionally named Comar Nan Allt (Cumbernauld in Gaelic) It was renamed Arria following a local competition. Arria was the mother of local boy, Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius. (He of the Antonine wall which runs nearby).
The video below shows a timelapse of the 13 hours it took to construct it condensed into 5 minutes. I love how dramatic, almost apocalyptic, the clouds look in much of the first half of the video and the perfect timing of the sun appearing just as the head and body are lowered into place.
Most people will know Andy Scott for the Heavy Horse that sits at the side of the M8 as you enter Glasgow, but he has sculptures dotted all over the place.
We seem to have made it something of a hobby to bag Andy Scott’s sculptures as we become aware of them. This Journey’s End is located on a roundabout between Clackmannan and Alloa.
As we stood in the middle of the roundabout photographing it, a passing guy in a white van hung out his window and declared it “a waste of fucking money”. There’s no accounting for taste. His ancestors probably said the same thing when Wallace Monument was built a few miles up the road.
The last work he unveiled in late 2009, Rise, sits at the banks of the Clyde at the luxury flats.
His Helix Kelpies project was unveiled at Falkirk Wheel, before being moved into place a few miles up the canal at the side of the M9. These are just maquettes. The final statues will be as tall as the Falkirk Wheel, making them the tallest horse sculptures in the world. But, more than that, they will be articulated and serve the practical purpose of acting as a boatlift.
I reckon, given the sheer scale of this project, they will probably be his Angel of the North and make him as recognised a name as Antony Gormley.