Kintore’s youth cafe, The Bothie, celebrated its first birthday at the weekend with the unveiling of three new sculptures commissioned under the “Percent for Art” scheme.
The sculptures were created by Glasgow based Bespoke Atelier, artists Marion Parola and Yvonne Elliot had met with the youngsters who are regulars at The Bothie, walked around the town and chatted through with them what they thought the centre needed.
The three sculptures depict the life, history and industry of Kintore while also being very functional as a meeting place for the youngsters to sit and chat outside the centre.
Kenny Thomson, Chairman of Action Kintore, said: “We are pleased with the sculptures which will be a great addition to the Bothie and are delighted that the centre is being used by so many community groups in addition to the young folk who are here several days a week.”
Local councillor Martin Ford was also in attendance and said: “I was delighted to attend the event at The Bothie marking the building’s first birthday and the unveiling of the new artwork.
“The sculpture by Bespoke Atelier makes a striking addition to The Bothie and captures aspects of Kintore in an attractive and practical installation.
“The building’s first anniversary marks the conclusion of a very successful first year of operation. In addition to the youth activities for which the building was primarily intended, a wide range of groups has used The Bothie for meetings and events. It’s great to see the building being so well used by young people and others.”
The youth cafe project was been driven by Action Kintore, a charity set up to provide facilities for young people in the town, with support of many local organisations including upstream oil and gas company Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd.
The Bothie was constructed with walls made of straw bales covered by a lime wash render finish, an unusual construction method which appealed to Action Kintore because of its insulation qualities.
Construction of the Bothie was undertaken by Aberdeenshire company Bancon Construction, and it was the first time they had undertaken a project using a straw bale construction.
The project was supported by Aberdeenshire Council who provided the former library site at a nominal rent.