In memory of the lives lost in the
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GIRVAN VALLEY COAL FIELD, AYRSHIRE
Dailly, South Ayrshire (Corner of West End and Bridge Street, B741)
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Auchenharvie Memorial at Golf Course, Stevenston, North Ayrshire
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The Livingston Landmark Project was one of the last commissions by the LDC and its purpose was “to help visitors and residents find their way around the road system." New Towns are notoriously difficult to navigate with their lack of traditional landmarks and so to have four main roundabouts adorned with striking sculptures is a great navigational aid.
David Wilson was offered the commission as he was known for his imaginative use of stone work. He is a Scottish artist trained in Dundee and continues to work marrying traditional craftsmanship with a modern aesthetic. His brief was to create a sculpture for each of the roundabouts at the four main approach roads into Livingston. Wilson realised that the pieces had to make an instant impression as you moved round the roundabouts, but also the shapes made by the pieces had to be fluid and interesting as you viewed them from different angles. The roundabouts were all different and this meant that each site would have a different dynamic. The four sculptures created are Chrysalis, Compass, Dyke Swarm and NORgate.
Although each sculpture is different, they are tied together by being made of the same materials: reclaimed dyking stone, black whinstone, yellow limestone and machined copper. Overlying Wilson’s main inspiration - organic forms and the symbolism of growth - is his intention in his choice of materials to reflect the industrial activities of the area and Livingston's heritage as an original “garden city".
1996. Stone and Copper
Artist: David Wilson
Commissioned by: Livingston Development Corporation
Location: Livingston East
Grid Ref: 304815 670188
If you want to reach all of Scotland’s population in the shortest possible time, West Lothian is the place to start. The county is situated right at the centre of the nation’s road network, and being at the centre of things exposes a place to change. West Lothian is no stranger to change.
The area was largely rural until the exploitation of its coal and shale oil fields in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Good road, rail and canal links allowed the mineral resources to be easily exported and small towns and villages like Armadale and Addiewell grew up to house the workers. After the Second World War, the heavy industry declined with all the hardship that entails. Almost nothing is left of the shale oil industry that once employed tens of thousands of people, save the distinctive orange-red bings.
Livingston Paraffin Harvester
The Paraffin Harvester is a Minerals Dedicated Memorial according to the Book on Public Art
Constructed by David Moore and was Commisioned by the Livingston Development Corporation in 1995.