Metal sculpture presents sharp new look

Friday 30 September 2011

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The recently landscaped site next to Asda in Ardrossan is bristling with interest – thanks to collaboration between Irvine Bay Regeneration Company and the Scottish Training Foundation.

The site is scheduled for building development by the regeneration company in the longer term, but until a scheme is ready to go ahead it is important to landscape it as it is seen by many holidaymakers heading to the Arran ferry.

The opportunity to use the site to promote the town in an interesting way, stimulate local interest in art and the nearby art gallery and studios in the refurbished building at 78 Princes Street, and to showcase the skills being taught by the STF proved too much for the regeneration company to resist.

STF Metalworks and STF Carfin Landscape Services are social enterprises and part of the larger STF, a charitable organisation that has been providing training and job opportunities to the local community for 20 years.

STF Metalworks took over a disused unit in the Hill Street Industrial Estate in Ardrossan in July 2010, just a short distance from where the harbour art work is situated. Local resident and STF Metalworks manager, Paul Clifford, manufactured the razor, which is made from steel and took 2 weeks to build.

"I have really enjoyed working on the project. Normally I make gates, railing and garden items but this has made the most of my industrial design degree".

It has taken 6 weeks to prepare the site and put both landscaping and metal work into place. It has provided training and skills development for six young people from STF Training's Get Ready for Work and Community Job Fund programmes.

Patrick Wiggins, Chief Executive of Irvine Bay, said: “The sculpture provides a real point of interest, stimulates discussion and promotes both art and the town. I hope it also brings a smile to the face of everyone who sees it.”

Tags: Ardrossan, Community, Local community, Town centres

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