Brochers’ views wanted by artist

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The Fraserburgh community is being invited to help shape how an iconic sculpture could look as construction of a major new facility for the town continues.

Artist and sculptor Carn Standing has been commissioned to create a large scale sculpture that will be suspended above the main social area of the Broch’s new sports and community centre off Maconochie Road.

The initiative is part of Aberdeenshire Council’s education, learning and leisure capital plan to replace Aberdeenshire’s oldest swimming pool with a brand new £8.2m complex.

Boyndie-based artist Carn has more than 25 years’ experience working principally in ceramics, mild steel, bronze and acrylic glass, often combining more than one material.

The sculpture will be created during the construction of the building, working closely with an in-house design team to integrate the physical needs of the art work with the fabric of the building.

Carn has begun a process of research and consultation, meeting with and seeking views from community groups and users of the new building, as well as exploring the local landscape and finding out about the town’s rich history and heritage.

“It’s good to see people who really care about the community.

“I’m excited at the prospect of creating a feature artwork that will have a real connection with the town and the people who live there. I hope to capture something of the spirit of local people,” he said.

The artist will reveal his concept for the artwork in early February, following further consultation with community groups.