"As an opportunity for a country to herald its border, this is remarkable. The star is a timeless work, which for 365 days a year will be a bold and confident statement of Scotland's innovation and energy. Please join us in our vision and play you part in making it happen"
Alasdair Houston chair of the Gretna Landmark Trust
The Gretna Landmark Trust needs a total of £4.2 million to turn Star of Caledonia into a reality and discussions are underway with Creative Scotland and a range of statutory funders, trusts and philanthropic individuals to invite their support.
The “Star of Caledonia” project will deliver a landmark for Scotland , so any investment in the project will not only help with the regeneration of the Dumfries and Galloway area but will also promote Scotland internationally.
The “Angel of the North” paid for itself within a month in terms of global marketing, so any investment in the “Star of Caledonia” would bring similar benefits to Scotland.
The announcement of Balmond/Jenck’s “Star of Caledonia” as the competition winner, attracted world wide media interest therefore raising the profile of Gretna internationally. The story was covered on BBC News, world news, BBC Scotland and all the major newspapers. This demonstrated the potential of the project when completed to reach an international audience attracting tourists to the region from all over the world and promoting the Gretna Area and Dumfries and Galloway as the gateway to Scotland.
The Star places Gretna as the entry point to Dumfries and Galloway and invites visitors to engage in the region for business and tourism. It also raises the profile of the Gretna, Lockerbie and Annan area as a great place to live and work.
The improved image, and strong national identity, which the region will gain as a result of the “Star of Caledonia” will help attract new businesses and investment into the area as well as promoting Scotland internationally.
Now is the time to secure funding for Star of caledonia and ensure it will be completed during 2014 -a pivotal year for Scotland with the Ryder Cup, year of Homecoming, the conclusion of the debate on independance and of course the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
We are confident that every investor will not only play a proud part in the delivery of this spectacular landmark and art destination, but also take part in a public declaration of confidence in Scotland's identity and future.
Dr Jan Hogarth