Get­ting on the trail of new mod­ern artistry

Art in­stal­la­tions are now on-site in the na­tional park

Stirling Observer - - NEWS - Kaiya Mar­joir­banks

A life- s i zed, mul­ti­coloured metal bull and a mir­rored cube are among the strik­ing in­stal­la­tions which form a new arts trail launched this week in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs Na­tional Park.

The bull has been crafted by the artist be­hind Ed­in­burgh Air­port’s iconic tow­er­ing this­tles and the scenery-view­ing cube - which ‘dis­ap­pears’ into its beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings - are just two of 13 fea­tures in the BLiSS trail, which links the vil­lages of Balquhid­der, Loc­hearn­head, Strathyre and St Fil­lans, deep in the heart of ‘Rob Roy Coun­try’.

The ini­tia­tive is the brain­child of LETi, the Loch Earn Tourism In­for­ma­tion group.

LETi has es­tab­lished the in­no­va­tive arts trail to en­cour­age more visi­tors to stop at, spend time in, and en­joy the vil­lages and their spec­tac­u­lar set­tings by cre­at­ing a new at­trac­tion for peo­ple of all ages to en­joy – pro­vid­ing a boost to tourism in the area and the lo­cal economy.

The group also wanted to cre­ate the trail to com­mem­o­rate and celebrate the Year of In­no­va­tion, Ar­chi­tec­ture and De­sign 2016. The name BLiSS - sug­gested by LETi mem­ber Kenny Hig­gins of the Strathyre Outdoors Com­mu­nity In­ter­est Com­pany - is made up of the first letters of the four vil­lages with the let­ter ‘ i’ rep­re­sent­ing both in­no­va­tion and the uni­ver­sal tourism in­for­ma­tion sym­bol.

The col­lec­tion in­cludes works by artists Rob Mul­hol­land, Kev Pax­ton, Heather Gray, June McEwan, Iain Chalmers, Lynne Schroder and Jeremy Cun­ning­ham as well as ar­chi­tects Ruairidh Moir, Daniel Tyler and An­gus Ritchie. In ad­di­tion, a group of third year art stu­dents from Perth Col­lege, Univer­sity of The High­lands and Is­lands, is de­vel­op­ing a con­cep­tual art team project as part of a new de­gree course. The art­works will be pro­moted be­side Loch Lub­naig, The Broch Café and re­cre­ation area, Air­lie House B& B, Balquhid­der Vil­lage Hall, Monachyle Mhor, The Golden Larches, Manse­wood Coun­try House, The Loc­hearn­head Ho­tel, Lochside Cot­tages, Loch Earn, Briar Cot­tages, The Four Sea­sons Ho­tel and The Achray House Ho­tel.

A num­ber of or­na­men­tal fea­tures in­clud­ing an “Air­liephant”, a minia­ture mill house, a stag, a totem pole road sign, a cock­erel mile marker and an old red phone box are also high­lighted along the arts trail route along with food and drink stops, col­lec­tively mapped at www. ro­broy­coun­try. com/ blis­strail.

Vi s i t Scot­land Re­giona l Par tner­ships Direc­tor Liz Buchanan MBE said: “LETi is to be con­grat­u­lated on this fan­tas­tic, in­ven­tive achieve­ment - cre­at­ing this new at­trac­tion to con­nect Balquhid­der, Loc­hearn­head, Strathyre and St Fil­lans is a great way of en­cour­ag­ing more visi­tors to stop off and spend time in and around the the four vil­lages.

“The BLiSS arts trail cap­i­talises on all three themes of the Year of In­no­va­tion, Ar­chi­tec­ture and De­sign and I am sure it will be a great as­set to tourism in the area and will not only at­tract visi­tors but will also bring ben­e­fits to lo­cal busi­nesses.”

Kim Proven, LETi chair and owner of lux­ury self-cater­ing Briar Cot­tages at Loc­hearn­head, said: “We wanted to cre­ate some­thing new - an at­trac­tion that would cap­ture the imag­i­na­tion of peo­ple of all ages and be­come a talk­ing point. Our BLiSS trail’s di­verse, in­spi­ra­tional art­works and in­stal­la­tions should, we feel, do just that.

“Each of the pieces is in­ter­est­ing, t h o u g h t - p rov o k i n g and en­ter­tain­ing so we hope the trail will be­come a real favourite with visi­tors and make our vil­lages even more at­trac­tive as des­ti­na­tions that peo­ple will seek out.

“We hope that visi­tors will rec­om­mend the BLiSS trail and our friendly com­mu­ni­ties to oth­ers. We want them to share their ex­pe­ri­ence of it through so­cial me­dia by post­ing pic­tures on Face­book us­ing the hash­tag #BLiS­Strail and on Twit­ter @ro­broy­coun­try.”

Artist Kev Pax­ton, who has three pieces on the BLiSS trail (‘Bill The Bull’, ‘ Sun­flow­ers’ and ‘ Fraser Briar’) said: “I was de­lighted that LETi in­vited me to be­come in­volved in this arts trail link­ing vil­lages around the A84 and A85.

“There is a story be­hind all of my pieces and I aim to make peo­ple smile through my work so I hope that they en­cour­age peo­ple to stop and spend time in this stun­ning area.

“I think it’s a fan­tas­tic idea and I re­ally hope that the trail brings ben­e­fits to the tourism busi­nesses and their com­mu­ni­ties.”

Colour stock Kev Pax­ton/ArtFe’s Bill the Bull at Loc­hearn­head Ho­tel

Room with a view Look­out by An­gus Ritchie and Daniel Tyler is sited be­tween Loch Voil and Doine

In­ge­nu­ity Dragon Bike by June McEwan is made from wil­low wicker and is at Manse­wood Coun­try House, Loc­hearn­head

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