Superheroes launch town’s new artwork

Cllr Charles Buchan, Deputy Provost Allison Grant, Cllr Brian Topping, Mr Mosaic William MacLean, Miss Mosaic Kay Moore and artist Geoff Roberts at the front.
Cllr Charles Buchan, Deputy Provost Allison Grant, Cllr Brian Topping, Mr Mosaic William MacLean, Miss Mosaic Kay Moore and artist Geoff Roberts at the front.

A series of mosaic artworks were recently unveiled at Saltoun Square in Fraserburgh by pupils from Lochpots and Fraserburgh North School dressed as mosaic ‘superheroes’.

The event was part of the wider Super Saturday event in Fraserburgh which took place at the weekend.

Aberdeenshire’s Deputy Provost Allison Grant helped pupils launch the mosaics alongside chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee Councillor Alison Evison.

Artist Geoff Roberts was appointed by Aberdeenshire Council in 2014 to research the project from which four mosaic panels and smaller gold mosaics evolved.

Commenting on the creation, Banff and Buchan Area Committee vice-chair Councillor Brian Topping said: “These mosaics were created as a solution to brighten up the area around Saltoun Square and it has done this involving local people of all ages at every stage of the project.

“The mosaic project is one of the first visual signs of regeneration efforts in the town centre, steered by the Fraserburgh Local Regeneration Team, and in an area recently awarded Conservation Area status and it is a welcome addition and investment to the area.”

Two large mosaics run across the top of the arcade, while there are also two panels inside based on designs by young people who produced more than 50 images as part of the project and some have been incorporated into the mosaic panels.

The works reflect the proud seafaring tradition of Fraserburgh, the lighthouse, the Pneumatic Tool Company building and the Fraser family links. Local community groups were also involved in the art project and two volunteers created the super hero costumes.

In addition seven small gold mosaics with themes including coins and boats have been set into buildings along Castle Street on the route from the town centre towards Fraserburgh Lighthouse Museum and the Heritage Centre.

The artists’ workshop base on Saltoun Square will feature an exhibition of the project as it has developed over the past year, including children’s artwork.