Mike’s artwork is a two-year journey to health
A Galashiels man has found a new lease of life after almost drinking himself to death two years ago.
Fifty-year-old Mike Cossar of Langlee suffered a cardiac arrest while riding his bicycle in 2018.
However, he was saved by the administrations of an off-duty nurse named Carla, who happened to be passing with her husband and her child.
He admits he was not in a good place at the time.
He said: “I was alcoholic, I was estranged from my wife and children and I basically drank myself into that heart attack.
“Carla saved my life, but I was left with a hypoxic brain injury, which affects my memory.
“A lady called Margot Crosbie from Momentum has been a huge support, but they have just been defunded, so I wanted to try to do something.”
So, for the past two years, Mike has been saving up enough money to buy the parts to build a merkabah – which translates as light, spirit and transport.
And, now built, the geometric artwork was unveiled this week at a yurt in Glendearg Farm, near his home-town.
Mike said: “It’s meant to help you meditate. Personally I haven’t done any meditation, but it was just a project to get my life back in order.
“It was meant to be unveiled during Mental Health Week at MacArts in Galashiels, but it was cancelled due to Covid-19.
“It is designed to be transportable, and now I’m looking for a home for the piece.”