Public display appeal on Lockerbie artwork
STEPHEN NORRIS An award-winning Kirkcudbright artist commissioned to commemorate the Lockerbie disaster has made a heartfelt plea for her painting to go on display in the USA.
Jane Gibson produced Lockerbie Remembered in 2000 for Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary as a gift to US Attorney General Janet Reno.
But, apart from a brief public appearance on the 25th anniversary of the bombing in 2013, the artwork has remained largely out of public view.
Tomorrow will see commemorations in Scotland and the USA marking the 30th anniversary of the tragedy in which 270 people were killed.
But Jane, 64, is distraught that grieving US families are unable to get solace by viewing the painting.
It depicts the memorial bothy and “tree of life” at Tundergarth, where the nose cone of the plane came down on December 21, 1988.
Jane said: “The whole thing is so sad. Sometimes I wish I had never done it.
“The victims’ families should be allowed to see the painting any time. It should be somewhere where they and anyone else with a link to the disaster can view it. It may help them with the grieving process. That was the reason why the painting was done.”
Jane was initially reluctant to accept the commission and only consented when she thought of those who died.
She added: “It was very emotional for me to paint it. I remember my tears were never far away.
“But why do you do a painting that is not actually helping anyone? It may be the most important painting I will ever do in my life and I won’t live for ever.
“I don’t deserve any recognition – but the painting does.”
Jane has been in touch with the Miazga family in the US who lost their daughter and sister Suzanne in the tragedy.
They are trying to locate the painting so it can be displayed at tomorrow’s remembrance events at Syracuse University which lost 35 students on Pan Am flight 103.
Jane said: “I don’t even know if the painting will be there. It is so sad for the families.
“Another year goes by and you just let it go out of respect for those who lost their lives.”
She added: “I just hope I have done the right thing in lifting the barrier on this.”
Solace for relatives Artist Jane Gibson would like her painting to go on show