Doe see new wildlife sculp­tures at the Loop

Dis­cover mir­rored deer fig­ures

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

It’s a case of deer we go at Cuningar Loop.

That’s be­cause the park has in­stalled a com­mu­nity- made deer sculp­ture with the help of lo­cal vol­un­teers.

Joneen Clarke, pro­ject man­ager at Cuningar Loop, For­est En­ter­prise Scot­land said: “Mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity have helped to cre­ate this won­der­ful sculp­ture which per­fectly cap­tures the wildlife that in­hab­its Cuningar Loop.

“The park is look­ing fan­tas­tic and we can’t wait to share it with lo­cal peo­ple and visi­tors. We hope they stum­ble across the deer sculp­tures and ap­pre­ci­ate the work of the lo­cal com­mu­nity who have cre­ated a last­ing legacy.”

Rob Mul­hol­land, artist in res­i­dence at Cuningar Loop, de­signed the deer.

“This part of the pro­ject has cen­tred on en­gag­ing with the lo­cal com­mu­nity,” he said.

“I have worked closely with the vol­un­teers to trans­fer my skills and un­der su­per­vi­sion they have learnt to weld and pol­ish and cut me­tal ma­te­ri­als.

“The in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the deer sculp­ture is to cap­ture the ur­ban and na­ture as­pect of Cuningar Loop. We’ve at­tached mir­rors to the antlers, giv­ing a mod­ern twist to a wild an­i­mal in its nat­u­ral habi­tat.

“Cre­at­ing a sculp­ture is all about the team ef­fort; an artist can’t do it alone and with the deer sculp­ture the lo­cal com­mu­nity have helped me cre­ate, this beau­ti­ful sculp­ture that is go­ing to be in their park, Cuningar Loop.”

The £ 5.7 mil­lion wood­land park at­trac­tion re­cently had its open­ing de­layed un­til spring.

The new park is set to fea­ture an Ac­tiv­ity Zone, ex­ten­sive paths net­work, a board­walk that runs along the River Clyde along with pic­nic ar­eas, a large meadow and out­door class­room.

There will be a ‘taster’ ses­sion tak­ing place in the Ac­tiv­ity Zone this Sun­day from 12pm to 4pm.

And there are fur­ther events at the boul­der­ing park, on Sun­day, Au­gust 30, and the ad­ven­ture play and arts area, on Sun­day, Septem­ber 20.

Deerly beloved Artist Rob Mul­hol­land (mid­dle) in­stalls his deer sculp­ture at Cuningar Loop with com­mu­nity vol­un­teers Stephen Mil­li­gan and Robert Kennedy

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