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Aberdeen councillors to discuss plan for major art work on AWPR route

Aberdeen councillors to discuss plan for major art work on AWPR route

The Kelpies have become two of Scotland's most instantly-recognisable sculptures.

And the "Angel of the North" is equally ubiquitous for those who live in and around Newcastle.

Now, councillors in Aberdeen are being asked to consider whether to create something on a grand scale to commemorate the opening of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

The idea has been put forward by Liberal Democrat councillor, Ian Yuill, who believes that the AWPR would benefit from a unique art work once the new road is opened in the winter of 2017.

And members of the local authority will discuss the plan next Thursday.

  (Angel of the North)
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Cllr Yuill said: "I think a suitable piece of art might be something that people in the north-east would enjoy.

"So I want the council to look at it and examine how it might be funded.

"The choice of the art work would be made by the community and the location would have to be somewhere visible.

"It could be something fun and memorable, which reflects the values of the north-east."

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STV contacted a number of councillors from different parties on Friday.

Most expressed general support for the proposal, although there were concerns raised about the potential cost of any such project.

Steve Harris, the chief executive of tourism organisation VisitAberdeen, was similarly pragmatic.

He said: "Gathering the correct funding package would be a complex exercise.

"But it could give the area an outstanding installation."

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Work is already under way on the £745m AWPR, following years of legal challenges, which delayed construction,

Cllr Yuill's motion on the art proposal which will be discussed at the full council on October 8.

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