Stirling Observer

Fishy goings on at Loch Earn

Students hope their art will reel in the visitors

- Kaiya Marjoriban­ks

Three art students have sparked some fishy goings on in Lochearnhe­ad.

Perth College UHI art students have collaborat­ed on The Three Sisters, a 3.5 metre high steel fishing rod and clan tartan fish sculpture commission­ed for the village.

The work complement­s the award winning BLiSS trail of art installati­ons in the area and is brainchild of BA Contempora­ry Art and Contextual­ised Practice students, Miami Mohsin and Shayna Mclean, and HND Contempora­ry Art Practice student, Amy Butler.

The students hope The Three Sisters will reel visitors in to Lochearnhe­ad to photograph their historic work of art all year round.

The sculpture concept was singled out following a business project set by BLiSS trail creators, Loch Earn Tourism Informatio­n (LETi).

The theme for the installati­on, sited at Lochside Cottages’ jetty on Loch Earn, was based on Visit Scotland’s tourism “Year of History, Heritage and Archaeolog­y 2017” and the winning concept and structure based on the student team’s research of clans, history, heritage and the habitat of Loch Earn.

Suspended from the large rod are a native brown trout (a source of food in the area for generation­s), a rainbow trout and a rare pike, crafted with profession­ally turned wooden heads, fins and tails and incorporat­ing Celtic carvings.

Middle sections sport local clan tartans of MacLaren and MacGregor, and Cameron of Lochiel, representi­ng the BLS Highland Games’ president and land owners Angus and his wife Ollie Cameron (née McLaren).

Artist Shayna, who led the research, said: “The rod symbolises fish as a source of food, hobby and sport keenly practiced today. Wood represents the ancient and new forests around Loch Earn. We learned that beech and cherry were best for ease of carving, strength and their ability to survive Scottish lochside temperatur­es. Steel, often found in fishing rods was galvanised to enable a strong stable structure. Tartans represent clans and sheep, a source of food and yarn for decades. The Celtic symbols are based on historic inhabitant­s and their environmen­t”.

Skilled experts and materials were sourced including: Meddicks Blacksmith­s, wood turner David Gray, wood carver Andrew Moore and Isle Mill fabric manufactur­ers. LETi collaborat­ed on funding with additional sponsorshi­p from Cooper Cottages, Balquhidde­r Mhor Lodge, Briar Cottages and Lochside Cottages. The signpost was sponsored by Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs.

The rod symbolises fish as a source of food, hobby and sport

 ??  ?? Good catch Miami Mohsin and Shayna McLean with their creations
Good catch Miami Mohsin and Shayna McLean with their creations
 ??  ?? The fish heads of the sculpture
The fish heads of the sculpture
 ??  ?? The sculptures at Loch Earn
The sculptures at Loch Earn

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