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Sculptures in The Monklands

On the A80 - on road from A73 going east past Cumbernauld you can see another Andy Scott sculpture of a "mermaid" named Arria

The installation of the prestigious commission for an iconic landmark for Cumbernauld was completed in August 2010. The design of the sculpture is based on the original meaning of Cumbernauld, the Gaelic cumer nan allt, which means the coming together of waters.

The sculpture of a female figure, with swooping arcs which represent the waters, is 10 metres (32 feet) in height and was constructed in the studio in 15 sections. She was galvanised at Highland Colour Coaters in Cumbernauld.

Another Cumbernauld sculpture -

The statue in the picture was erected on the corner of Woodside Road and Lismore Drive in 2004.  The sculpture by Michael Snowden was commissioned by Old Monkland Housing Partnership.  It depicts the man who gave Old Monkland its name. The Coatbridge Coat of Arms adopted in 1892 depicts a Monk with the stone in his left hand.  The pub in the background is now a small supermarket!!

The Auchengeich Miner
Sculptor John McKenna

The Auchengeich Miner was commissioned by the Auchengeich Memorial Committee as a centrepiece feature in the renewal of their existing Mining Memorial, at Bridgend, Moodiesburn, Glasgow.  The statue was cast using the ceramic shell lost wax technique into bronze at the John McKenna's A4A art Studio bronze foundry.  Read More  Picture courtesy of John McKenna


The Whales Tail
The sculpture of a whales tail, previously located behind the visitors centre at Drumpellier Park, has now been refurbished and moved to the middle of the loch.

The 12ft piece of art, made from sheet metal, has now been embedded on a special supporting structure of concrete and stones and is set to become a notable feature of the Coatbridge country park.

Easterhouse Phoenix
Inspired by the Heavy Horse, The Phoenix was commissioned by a consortium of local residents who were aware of Andys work through his commitment to community based projects. The concept of the phoenix as a mythological bird which rises from the ashes works as an allegory for the regeneration of the Easterhouse area of Glasgow. After years of decline the area has been transformed and the community wanted a sculpture to act as a prominent landmark on the approach road to the estate.

The sculpture has been adopted as the emblem for a local school.

Andy Scott

This website represents a sample of the works undertaken by Scottish sculptor Andy Scott. A graduate of Glasgow School of Art in 1986, Andy has now completed over 70 projects across a wide range of disciplines across the UK and internationally.

His distinctive hand-crafted figurative sculptures combine traditional dexterity with contemporary fabrication techniques, and range in scale from 3 to 30 metres in height.

He works with regular teams of structural engineers, fabricators, haulage & crane operators, lighting designers and a host of other specialist professionals to create striking landmark artworks

Blairbridge Arch, Coatbridge


at Airdriehill photo by Brian Cairns

You cant miss a six-metre-high sculpture, named Skytower, which is the centrepiece of the community greenspace owned by the Forestry Commission. 

Created by artist Rob Mulholland - The tower stretches up into the sky some 6 metres, silhouetted against the skyline overlooking Central Scotland. The sculpture is made from cut lengths of metal rod which have been shaped to resemble sticks and willow. Each metal rod is welded and interwoven to create the structure, with over six thousand welds and fourteen hundred metres of steel rod - more than 1400 meters of steel rod and 6000 separate welds were involved in its creation.

Pupils from 2 local schools, St serfs Primary and Clarkston Primary collaborated o this project with visits from the artist and Community Ranger Andy Gallacher.  The children contributed to the overall theme of Skytower and created the adjacent sculpture which describes the natural elements in words.  Skytower was 

Woman Man Sun Moon -
at Newhouse overlooking the M8
The nine-metre high sculpture called Woman Man Sun Moon, is sited next to the Co-operative Group's new regional distribution centre in Newhouse at junction six. It was commissioned by ProLogis, and was designed by award-winning artist Kate Robinson, and made from aluminium. Seem more aspects at the web site 

Big Heids

One of several large sculptures on the A8/M8 between Edinburgh and Glasgow, This one was installed in 1999 as part of the M8 Art Project. They are modelled on real people, and the work is a tribute to the Lanarkshire steel industry, made of welded tube and mounted on up-ended freight containers
A striking public art-work which forms a prominent landmark on the south side of the A8 trunk road, on the northern edge of the Eurocentral industrial and distribution centre, Big Heids comprise three giant heads each 10m (33 feet) in height and weighing 18 tons.

Supported on an upturned freight containers, some 7m (23 feet) high, the heads where installed in 1999. The controversial work cost 273,000 and forms part of the M8 Art Project, intended to form a 'sculpture corridor' along the road between Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Designed by Methil-born sculptor David Mach (b. 1956), the sculpture is modelled on the faces of local volunteers, two men and a woman picked at random from the streets of Motherwell. It is crafted from thousands of welded steel tubes, of the sort once manufactured at the former Clydesdale Steel Works at nearby Mossend.

The 3 Wee Heids at Monkland Canal
Photos by Brian Cairns


Carmyle Heron

The 8 metres high figure of the Heron on the banks of the Clyde was made by Andy Scott in 1998 as a commission for Sustrans, a charity which promotes practical projects to encourage and facilitate people to walk, cycle and use public transport.  The sculpture symbolises the regeneration of the River Clyde in recent years, and the benefits to the environment which has encouraged wild life to return to a once polluted site.   It has acquired the title of the Carmyle Heron, but this is something of a misnomer for it is on the southern side of the Clyde from this district, just over the river from Clydeford Road. 


Cairnhill Stump 1st View

Introducing the Big Cairnhill Stump!!  Shades of Easter Island!!
Can be seen to left of Sikeside Road before Cromarty Road

Another Cairnhill sculpture - Picture by Stevie Spiers


Roman soldier guards Dullatur
Dullatur is a village within the vicinity of Cumbernauld. The route of the Antonine Wall passed right over the site of Dullatur, and a Roman camp was actually sited there.

The Rise" by Andy Scott.
A sculpture that stands at Glasgow Harbour.

Blairhill Archway by Stevie Speirs

Flora and Fauna
Installed at The Gushet by Friends of Centenary Park
Photo by Brian Cairns

The Airdrie Horse
by Stevie Spiers

Dundyvan Mosaic
Im hoping to learn a bit about this fine mosaic - located in Dundyvan Road near the Banks social Club. I f you know anything about it
Please send an email to Monklands Memories
Photo by Stevie Spiers




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