The trail begins on the Mary Wood roundabout with a piece entitled This Journey’s End. Designed in homage to the new Clackmannanshire Bridge, this piece can be seen clearly on the approach to Clackmannan and Alloa. It features a man and woman reaching across the gap. The man holds a crown to represent the Clackmannanshire coat of arms, while the woman bears a string of stars that represent the European Union.
From there, continue into Alloa town centre to Station Square, to view the next sculpture. Situated just outside the Alloa train station, is the piece entitled I Can See for Miles who symbolises Alloa’s regeneration and future. The piece features two figures, an adult representing the working past of the area and a child looking toward the future.
Next, leave Alloa behind and head for the Ochils. There are two further pieces situated on the short drive through Alva and Muirside. River Spirit was the first of Andy Scott’s sculptures to be erected in Clackmannanshire in 2008 and at nearly 6 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 4 metres high and depicts ‘Muirside Man’ striding purposely towards the Ochil Hills and celebrates the local landscape.
From the Dumyat roundabout, head towards Nova Scotia Gardens in 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. Within the sculpture there is a buzzard symbolising the pair that live in the woods of Menstrie, and under the boy’s right hand a maple leaf, celebrating Menstrie’s connection with Nova Scotia in Canada.
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 8 metres high, this is Scott’s 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’.
Andy Scott’s most recent work in the area is the creation of the Kelpies at the Helix Park in Falkirk that we featured in a previous blog.
The sculpture trail would make for an interesting family day out while staying in the central Scotland area and is easily reached from any of our self-catering holiday cottages.