Cuningar Loop artist teaches tricks of the trade

Rob Mulholland

Rob Mulholland, a Cuningar Loop artist in residence, has been working with three young volunteers in a series of workshops teaching sculpting skills which they will use to create a piece of community art at Cuningar Loop.

Cuningar Loop is a £5.7 million project that is transforming 15 hectares of derelict land on the banks of the River Clyde into an attractive woodland park. Due to open in winter 2015, Cuningar Loop is close to Dalmarnock, Farme Cross and Rutherglen.

Rob is creating his own five and half meter high installation that will stand at the Downiebrae Road entrance of Cuningar Loop. He has been working with the local volunteers in a programme of workshops, teaching sculpturing techniques and rod welding under his supervision. The volunteers are in the process of creating their own sculpture which will be installed in Cuningar in the early summer 2015.

Forestry Commission Scotland project manager for Cuningar Loop, Joneen Clarke, said: “Rob’s workshops have facilitated the creation of a piece of artwork that can be installed in Cuningar Loop as a legacy to the local community. The workshops are a great way to encourage locals to get involved in Cuningar Loop’s transformation.”

Rob Mulholland comments: “I’ve really enjoyed transferring my sculpting skills to younger volunteers who haven’t worked with materials in this way before. Not only are they learning brand news skills they are creating a piece of artwork for public display.

“The sculpture is a deer, a marker of the urban wildlife which inhabits the park. We’ve had fun creating the piece which is built of steel and covered in mirrored pieces, it’s going to look great when it’s finished.”

One of the volunteers, Steven Milligan, 21 from Dalmarnock said: “My mum put my name forward for the project as she thought it would be something I’d enjoy; I wasn’t sure as I have no artistic background but I’ve learnt so much from working with Rob.

“The workshops have inspired me to be more creative, I want to carry on welding once the programme has finished. I don’t have a job at the moment so I’m looking into some professional welding courses. By getting involved with this project has taken me down a completely different path, I hope I can continue to develop my welding and sculpting skills.”

Rob Mulholland received funding from Forestry Commission Scotland to create the sculpture which is due to be complete in July 2015.

Cuningar Loop is due to open in winter 2015.  Major redevelopment of the site is underway with 15,000 trees, 30,000 shrubs, 40,000 bulbs and meadow grass due to be planted along with the Activity Zone, a path network, picnic areas and an amphitheatre for outdoor learning.

The Activity Zone will feature a Bike Pump Track, Bouldering Park, Adventure Play facility and Trim Trail, which will be supported by a network of trails around the site.  These features are being jointly funded by the Commission and sportscotland. 

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Tha FCS pàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba; a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìon, a' cumail smachd air, agus a' leudachadh choilltean gus buannachdan a choileanadh dha coimhearsnachdan, dhan eaconamaidh agus ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh sa ghnàth-shìde.
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