The Andy Scott Sculpture Trail

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The distinctive public art work of International sculptor Andy Scott, an alumni of Glasgow School of Art, and an Associate of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, can be viewed throughout Clackmannanshire.   The installation of six of his sculptures in such close proximity is an unprecedented concentration of his work.

‘This Journey’s End’ sits on the Mary Wood roundabout, and can be clearly seen on the approach to Clackmannan and Alloa from the Clackmannanshire Bridge and Fife . Designed in homage to the new bridge, it features a man and woman reaching across the gap, the man holding the crown which represents Clackmannanshire’s coat of arms, and the woman a string of stars representing the European Union.

From there you can continue into Alloa town centre, and situated in Station Square , outside the Alloa train station, is the 2008 sculpture ‘I Can See for Miles’ which symbolises Alloa’s regeneration. The sculpture features two figures, an adult representing the working past of the area, and a child looking forward to the future.

Leaving Alloa behind and heading for the foothills of the Ochils, there are two further pieces situated on the Collylands Roundabout between the villages of Sauchie and Alva and the Muirside Roundabout at Tullibody. ‘River Spirit’ and ‘Air Spirit’ (Also known as Muirside Man) were designed to compliment each other and represent the natural elements of earth, water and air. ‘River Spirit’ was the first of Andy Scott’s sculptures to be erected in Clackmannanshire in 2008 and at nearly six metres high, depicts a female figure growing out of a tree base with her foliage hands raising a profile of the River Forth above her head. The partner piece ‘Air Spirit’ is four metres high and depicts ‘Muirside Man’ striding purposely towards the Ochil Hills and celebrates the local landscape.

From the Dumyat roundabout , you can head towards Nova Scotia Gardens , Menstrie, where sits one of the most intriguing pieces of Andy Scott’s work ‘Fox Boy’. This sculpture features a boy with a fox’s head sitting on a water wheel and represents both the past and modern life of the village. The boy is dressed in modern style complete with trainers and ‘hoodie’ top, while the foxes around us in the countryside, are a reminder that in days gone by the village children kept foxes as pets. Within the sculpture there is a buzzard symbolising the pair which live in the woods of Menstrie, and under the boys right hand a maple leaf, celebrating Menstrie’s connection with Nova Scotia.

The most recent sculpture ‘Lifeline’ was installed in April 2011 at Shillinghill, Alloa, and depicts a giant hand supporting a woman and child.  At just under eight metres high, this is the artists largest work in Clackmannanshire.  The work also features the words of renowned Scottish poet Jim Carruth ‘Life-line Reach Out Hold Close Cradle Cushion Shelter Protect Support Lift Up’.