New Meldrum landmark unveiled

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THE latest phase of an Oldmeldrum regeneration project was completed last Friday with the installation of three carved granite spheres in the town centre.

The work, titled ‘The Eternal Present: GNEISS GRANITE GABBRO’, is the creation of artist Janet McEwan. A graduate in sculpture and ceramics from Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, Ms McEwan was selected to create the piece by a Town Centre Working Group along with the local Community Council.

Over a number of months, Ms McEwan invited local people to share their knowledge, perceptions and feelings about Oldmeldrum through conversations, events and interventions. She then went on to develop ideas for a substantial artwork that linked local history, geology and industry, and the new landscaping of the square. The final piece aims to reflect the character and aspirations of the town, past, present and future.

“The new artwork draws on the forms of three stone balls in particular; the three recorded finds of ancient stone balls in the Oldmeldrum locale – two in Bourtie and one on Barra Hill – and is made from locally sourced stone, Gneiss, Granite and Gabbro, from three local quarries”, said Ms McEwan.

“I am absolutely delighted that thanks to Aberdeenshire Council’s Museums Services, Oldmeldrum residents and school pupils will have the opportunity to see a display of these original stone balls, and a selection of geological specimens in Oldmeldrum Library, as the new artwork is installed.”