Artwork unveiled at Garlieston

Roy Walter and Jackie Scutt unveil the new artwork at Garlieston.
Roy Walter and Jackie Scutt unveil the new artwork at Garlieston.

A new artwork was unveiled last week at Rigg Bay, Garlieston.

It depicts the flora and fauna around the bay and in the adjacent Galloway House Gardens. It is a tribute to the late Pauline Swettenham, who loved the area and who spent many years recording and observing the natural history around the bay.

The work also acknowledges Rigg Bay’s association with Mulberry Harbour development in 1943.

Pauline’s friend Jackie Scutt conceived the project and donated money to get the ball rolling. Generous assistance was also provided by the Galloway Association of Glasgow and the South Machars Historical Society.

Local artist William Gorman executed the work, which is framed in solid mahogany with Second World War associations recovered from the beach at Rigg Bay.

On an unseasonably cold and wet day, 20 funders and friends gathered in the teeth of an easterly gale to see the work in position for the first time before repairing to nearby Shore Cottage for tea.

The work will be permanently fixed to its plinth this weekend.

Galloway House Gardens trustee Roy Walter, who managed the project, said: “Like Trafalgar Square, we had an empty plinth. Jackie, a long-time friend of the gardens and one of our early ‘Briar Bashers’, came up with the idea of a tribute to Pauline and it seemed very fitting given that Pauline’s work has proved very useful in a number of areas and, most recently, was incorporated in a revised Conservation Management Plan for the gardens.

“The artwork looks great. It’s a vibrant piece and will appeal to all ages. William has done a great job.”