Nostalgia: summer sculpture project builds up to great things

Children's sculpture project at Old Gala House.
Children's sculpture project at Old Gala House.
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A week’s work by 13 primary schoolchildren saw a giant wooden jigsaw installed in the garden of Old Gala House, Galashiels, in the summer of 1991.

The children, from Galashiels, Stow, Tweedbank, Lilliesleaf, Melrose, Selkirk and Gattonside, were taking part in a week-long sculpture project, organised by Ettrick and Lauderdale District Council. Taking the course was sculptor Jeremy Cunningham from Peebles, assisted by Linda Kinsman-Blake of the Lilliesleaf Pottery Workshop.

As well as their jigsaw, the children also made a totem pole of wood and plaster of Paris, to create a representation of an “angry tree”.