Shortlisted ‘Kelsae’ public artwork designs revealed

A montage of the five shortlisted designs
A montage of the five shortlisted designs
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The residents of Kelso have been given the chance to comment on the shortlisted designs for a piece of public art to be installed in the Square.

The five works of art were revealed on Tuesday, with each unique and distinctive in design and construction compared to each other.

The public are able to view the designs and comment ­online through the council’s website, or by filling in a paper form at Sainsbury’s Kelso store, where the images are also on display.

While it is not a public vote to select the artwork, it is the intention that all of the comments submitted will be collated and discussed by the Kelso Stakeholder Group and will form a significant part of the decision-making process.

Charlie Robertson, chairman of the stakeholder group and its public artwork sub-committee, told The Southern: “I would urge as many people in Kelso to have a look at the designs and give their response and comments on them, as it will be the submissions from the folk of Kelso that will help us come to a conclusion as to which design is going to be recommended.”

A number of the proposals include a degree of public input into the final make-up of the artwork.

The £40,000 project has been funded by Sainsbury’s, and the piece is scheduled for installation in March 2014.

All comments should be submitted by 5pm on Monday, July 8, with the successful artist announced in the Square at the Civic Week colour bussing on Wednesday, July 17.