Pupils drawn to challenge

Echline pupils assist in Guardian of the  Bridge project
Echline pupils assist in Guardian of the Bridge project

School pupils in South and North Queensferry are helping to create a spectacular mosaic as part of this year’s Forth Bridges Festival.

Edinburgh based artist Debbie Ryan has enlisted the help of over 100 pupils from schools in both areas to design sketches for the ‘Guardian of the Bridges’ project.

Debbie has been working with pupils at Echline Primary over several weeks and their sketches have formed the 
inspiration and basis for the sculpture and its design.

The official unveiling of the completed sculpture will take place at the Binks on Friday, September 12, during the 10-day Festival.

Ryan Williamson, a teacher at Echline Primary school said: “This project was a very enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

‘‘During four sessions at Echline Art Club, the children began to understand more about the process of design as well as being able to think about their local community, with their work focussing on the new Forth Crossing.

‘‘We are all looking for-ward to seeing the finished work.”

As well as working with schools, Debbie is also working with community groups from both sides of the Forth to create the sculpture.

She is currently overseeing the placing of small pieces of tile onto panels, which will then be embedded onto the sculpture.

The project, managed by Queensferry Ambition, has received funding from Creative Scotland.

Malcolm Brown, chairman of Queensferry Ambition, said: “One of the main aims for the Forth Bridges Festival for Queensferry Ambition was to ensure that the programme was as inclusive as possible, involving many sections of the community.

‘‘It is great to see that the ‘Guardian of the Bridges’ has seen a brilliant contribution from so many of our younger populations.

‘‘The schools and pupils have really taken to the idea.”

*Debbie is holding free drop-in sessions for anyone that would like to be involved in the ‘Guardian of the Bridges’ project.

The sessions are to be held at: Queensferry Library from 12-4pm tomorrow (Saturday); Queensferry Rugby Club, Ashburnham Road, from 1-5pm on Saturday, July 12 and Saturday, July 26.

The Forth Bridges Festival will run from September 4 to September 13.

For further information on the ‘Guardian’ project and the Forth Bridges Festival go to www.guardiansculpture.com

or www.forthbridgesfestival.com/events/guardian-of-the-bridges/