A new sculpture trail for Girvan’s McCreath Park is a step closer this week after plans gained approval from South Ayrshire Council.
The proposals which will see six newly created ceramic stonework plaques placed in McCreath Park, near the River Girvan estuary aim to detail the history of fossil deposits in the area.
South Ayrshire Council’s Regulatory Panel approved the plans on Thursday 5 December which will see local ceramic artist and businesswoman Winifred Wright create the stoneware plaques.
The proposals are part of the Carrick Community Heritage Trail, which was launched last month at Maybole Town Hall.
The heritage trail has brought together 16 communities across Carrick and in the shape of heritage hubs, will detail the history of the area’s towns and villages in an attempt to boost awareness amongst locals and tourists.
The installation of the trail at McCreath Park will seek to show off a modern representation of the unearthed fossils and at the same time promote Carrick as one of the UK’s best regions for having unique and varied fossil deposits.
Each of the plaques measure approximately 290mm x 210mm and is set within a 50mm concrete ‘shoe’ which is designed to protect the ceramic insert.
The project will also see one of Girvan’s main attractions involved, namely the McKechnie institute.
The Friends of the McKechnie aim to show a positive statement through the artwork which is designed to reconnect locals and visitors with the town’s geological past.
The institute in Dalrymple Street is also home to some fascinating fossil specimens and this art installation also hopes to inspire people to visit the institute.
The Friends group are actively involved in creating greater access to the fossil collections and a promotional leaflet and website which accompanies the Heritage trail will showcase these connections between the new trail and the McKechnie institute collections.