Fishy go­ings on at Loch Earn

Stu­dents hope their art will reel in the vis­i­tors

Stirling Observer - - FINANCIAL - 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

The fish heads of the sculp­ture

The sculp­tures at Loch Earn

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