Windows will light up for ‘Wanderland’
Windows of businesses and homes in Stirling’s Top of the Town will be lit up with a Remembrance theme this weekend.
And the area’s community council is urging residents and businesses to get involved in making their eye-catching displays at a workshop tomorrow (Thursday).
Pupils at Allan’s Primary School have been making a map to help walkers explore the area for the‘Window Wanderland’event to brighten up the dark winter nights. Mercat Cross and City Centre Community Council member Karen Bellingham-Baird explained:“We have about 20 business and residents involved. These include the Highland Hotel, the Youth Hostel, Tolbooth, Allan’s Primary, Baker St Nursery and some of our amazing small business.
“The artist Astrid Yaekl is creating the installation at Baker Street Nursery which is inspired by the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. There will also be installations in many residents’windows with some amazing work inspired by Remembrance and the poppy.”
Intricate paper-cutting has been used to create striking shapes and images. Among those involved is 16-year-old Stirling High School pupil Finlay Baird who has created a display of an Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders cap badge as well as one ofYpres’Menin Gate.
Artist Rossita Bateman, with the help of 16-year-old St Modan’s High School pupil Joshua McMillan, has created silhouettes of ‘Tommies’and‘Jocks.’
Mercat Cross and City Centre Community Council hope to hold a Window Wanderland event in the Top of the Town every year.
Karen said:“The planned Window Wanderland for last year didn’t happen due to the lack of time. We hope to run the event annually and will have a consultation with our community to decide on the next theme.
“Window Wanderland is an idea to create a community event that brings the community together to come up with ideas, create art pieces and then view the creations in the community’s own space. It is a chance to come together and celebrate our community.”
Thursday evening’s workshop takes place at the Darnley Coffee House, Bow Street, from 6pm to 8pm. Residents can also pop into the The Haven nearby between 9am and 1pm today (Wednesday), Thursday and Friday.
Karen added:“If anyone wishes to join in and create something for their window they are most welcome – it’ll help make our community and wander all the more colourful.”
Jane Farquharson and Alex Frye, left, and Miranda Jones and Rob McGowan, right
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