The Star of Caledonia is a brave and ambitious project that has grown out of place, people and landscape. It has massive community support and international artistic vision. Star of Caledonia brings together arts and science, celebrates the past and looks into the future.
"We aim to create a world-class Scottish Landmark that will signify energy, identity and borders, and will present Scotland as a vibrant and creative country."
Working closely with the creative director and the creative team, the project is being developed by The Gretna Landmark Trust, made up of local stakeholders, and managed by Wide Open, South Scotland.
"The Star of Caledonia", originally known as "The Gretna Landmark project", originated from the communities of Gretna, Gretna Green and local landowner and project champion, Alasdair Houston’s desire to help with the regeneration of their local area through the creation of a landmark artwork. The community had seen the tourism and marketing benefits of the “Angel of the North”.
"The Star of Caledonia” is a landform and sculpture by Cecil Balmond and Charles Jencks. Located near to the M74 Motorway and the West Coast main rail line, its grandeur and presence will welcome visitors from the South and announce arrival in Scotland. The work explores Scotland’s cultural, environmental and natural identity, while acting as an example of Scottish’s achievements in design and science.
Gretna is the main gateway to Scotland, situated at Scotland's southern border. Of the 60% of visitors entering Scotland by road, 84% pass by Gretna, Star of Caledonia will situated at this entry point commanding an audience from the 5 million vehicles travelling north and south each year.
Dr Jan Hogarth
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“A project that will generate profile and recognition for Dumfries and Galloway and south Scotland in a way that is unmatched in recent memory. A project that for 365 days a year will be a symbol of energy, innovation, ambition and identity. The Star will inspire young and old, locals and visitors alike. It will generate a sense of ‘pride in place’; its image will be used internationally in media and on line.”