Deer sculpture created by local community installed at Cuningar Loop


Rob Mulholland, Cuningar Loop artist in residence, has installed a community made deer sculpture with the help of local volunteers at Cuningar Loop.

Part of the community engagement strategy of Rob’s residency programme, the deer sculpture which is made from rusted steel and recycled mirrors has taken two months to build.

The large and young deer sculptures are hidden between the trees behind the outdoor bouldering park. 

Robert Kennedy, 29 and Stephen Milligan, 24, both from Dalmarnock, have worked with Rob over the past two months in his workshop creating the deer sculptures. 

Joneen Clarke, Project Manager at Cuningar Loop, Forest Enterprise Scotland said:

“Members of the local community have helped to create this wonderful sculpture which perfectly captures the wildlife that inhabits Cuningar Loop. 

“The park is looking fantastic and we can’t wait to share it with local people and visitors. We hope they stumble across the deer sculptures and appreciate the work of the local community who have created a lasting legacy.”

Rob Mulholland, artist in residence at Cuningar Loop said:

“This part of the project has centred on engaging with the local community.  I have worked closely with the volunteers to transfer my skills and under supervision they have learnt to weld and polish and cut metal materials.

“The inspiration behind the deer sculpture is to capture the urban and nature aspect of Cuningar Loop. We’ve attached mirrors to the antlers, giving a modern twist to an wild animal in its natural habitat.

“Creating a sculpture is all about the team effort, an artist can’t do it alone and with the deer sculpture the local community have helped me create this beautiful sculpture that is going to be in their park, Cuningar Loop.”

Rob Mulholland received funding from Forest Enterprise Scotland that has commissioned a 5.5 metre high spherical installation which will stand at the entrance of the park.

Cuningar Loop is due to open Spring 2016.  It is close to the Commonwealth Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Veldrome and aims to attract over 100,000 visitors by 2021.

Cuningar Loop is located on Downiebrae Road in Rutherglen. Once visitors get to Dalmarnock Road, take a right in the direction of Dalmarnock Bridge and Rutherglen Tesco then take the first left on to Downiebrae Road and then the first left.

Notes to editors

  1. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland and manages the National Forest Estate.
  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.
  3. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6508 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.