Pub­lic dis­play ap­peal on Locker­bie art­work

The Galloway News - - VOICE OF THE PEOPLE -

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

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