Cecil Balmond has been named as the winner of a competition to compose a new landmark gateway sculpture for the England / Scotland border. Working with architectural critic, land artist and designer Charles Jencks, Balmond will see his ‘Star of Caledonia’ concept through to realisation in the area of Gretna. The designers were inspired by the powerful energy that is said to emanate from Scotland and the country’s ‘magnetic pull’.
Balmond clarified: “The Star of Caledonia is a Welcome; it’s kinetic form and light paths a constant trace of Scotland’s power of invention. And I am delighted to be collaborating with Charles Jencks to create an integrated idea of this concept in both landscape and form.”
Jencks added: “Crossing the border to Scotland, across the River Sark, is now a passage obscured under a bridge by cars travelling at speed. Instead of marking this with motorway signs we are using a landform and sculpture that pulls together the adjacent site, the distant hills and the Solway.” Click here to view images of the new designs.