Progress on plans for sculpture

DARLINGS OF THE NORTH: Plans to bring a sculpture celebrating J. M. Barrie to the side of the A90 are taking shape.
DARLINGS OF THE NORTH: Plans to bring a sculpture celebrating J. M. Barrie to the side of the A90 are taking shape.

A LOCAL architect’s plans to brighten up the Kirriemuir junction by the A90 are gathering pace.

Gary Sinclair was inspired to bring a sculpture to the area by the J. M. Barrie 150th anniversary celebrations two years ago.

The idea of the sculpture was to represent the “Second to the right, and straight on till morning” moment that sees Peter Pan taking the Darling children on their first flight.

Following on from press coverage of the original concept at the time, Gary was approached by Ruaraig Maciver and Beltane Studios Ltd. with a view to developing the idea further.

Ruaraig has now completed the fabrication of a 1:10 scale maquette of the proposed sculpture showing Peter, Wendy, Michael and John being whisked into the air around a steel mesh ‘vortex’ frame with a tiny glass representation of Tinker Bell accompanying them on their flight. The maquette is constructed from galvanised steel with bronzed resin figures.

The rocky outcrop on the central island of rainwater storage basin on the northwest side of the A90 junction, struck the designers as the perfect spot to provide the launching pad for Peter Pan to lead the Darling children on their first flight.

It is thought that the sculpture will stand at around 50 foot from base to tip, with the figures being more than double life size. Tinker Bell will be a cast glass figure held within a stainless steel star. Selected lighting of the figures alone, would allow each character to appear to float in the night sky over the junction during the hours of darkness.

The designers are currently working on a video presentation of the scheme and are looking to put the maquette on display to further gauge local opinion and garner support for the project.

To date, all the works have been carried out and funded by the designers and it is hoped that businesses, organisations and individuals may be interested in providing additional support.

Interested parties can contact Gary via his website at www.garysinclairarchitecture.com