Kate captures the Forth bridge at 50

Kate Downie, Forth Bridges Festival artist in residence
Kate Downie, Forth Bridges Festival artist in residence

A commemorative artwork by renowned Scottish landscape artistKate Downie has been unveiled to mark the Forth Road Bridge’s 50th birthday.

The limited edition print is the first piece in Kate’s commission as artist-in-residence with the Bridge and shows the Firth of Forth’s two bridges standing side-by-side.

With the Queensferry Crossing currently rising from the water, Kate’s piece will be one of the final works of art to capture this iconic view, 
before the two bridges are joined by the new crossing in 2016.

Entitled ‘The Art of Crossing’, the print has been created using many traditional etching techniques, similar to those developed by Rembrandt over 350 years ago.

Working from her original drawings, Kate worked with master printer Nick Richards to transfer the image to a zinc plate which is then inked up by hand and printed under very high pressure through an etching press.

Measuring 55cm x 100cm, only 50 impressions of the print have been created, with each one signed and numbered by the artist. The prints are priced at £500 each, with the proceeds going towards funding the Forth Bridges Festival. A smaller Giclee version of the print is also available priced at £45 each.

During her time as artist in residency, Kate will produce a series of pieces which will capture the Forth Road Bridge from different perspectives, using a variety of media. The project will culminate in an exhibition at Hopetoun House from August 9 to September 13.

Kate said: “Since being appointed artist in residence at the Forth Road Bridge last December, I have been hard at work exploring the bridge and making drawings, resulting in this commemorative print, which I hope is worthy of such an important landmark.

“This new etching celebrates the extraordinary suspension bridge in its 50th year, focussing on the beauty of its curved sweep and its stretch across the estuary, as well as its relationship with our old friend the Rail Bridge.’’

The prints are avail-able via www.forthbridgesfestival.com