Beginning of sculpture work by shipbuilders

CONSTRUCTION of a new 10 meter high sculpture honoring Inverclyde’s shipbuilding heritage is about to begin.

Work will begin on Monday 11 October 2021 on the foundations of the giant “Shipbuilders of Port Glasgow” statue, which will be in the spotlight in the city’s Coronation Park.

The sculpture of two stainless steel figures at work was designed and built by acclaimed artist John McKenna following a vote and public consultation.

The artwork pays homage to the shipbuilding past of Port Glasgow and Inverclyde.

Once installed, the figures will stand 10 meters (33 feet) in height with a combined weight of 14 tons.

It is believed to be the largest sculptural figure of a shipbuilder in the UK and one of the largest of its kind in Western Europe.

Foundation work will begin Monday and is expected to be completed in late November, subject to weather conditions and material supplies.

Port Glasgow Shipbuilders sculpture during a build test.

This will then pave the way for the installation of the sculptures themselves early next year.

Councilor Michael McCormick, Head of Environment and Regeneration of Inverclyde Council, said: “I am delighted that work is about to start on what will be an iconic landmark for Port Glasgow and in Inverclyde says, encouraging more people to explore the area.

“A project of this magnitude is not without its challenges and we had some difficulties along the way but with the sculptures themselves practically complete and with us now able to be able to start with the foundations, this long-awaited development is finally starting to unfold. become a reality.

“These sculptures look to the past and the future, paying homage to our illustrious shipbuilding heritage and the workers who contributed to it while serving as a modern tourist attraction bringing people to Port Glasgow and Inverclyde.”

Visitors to Coronation Park are advised that in order for the foundations to be installed, certain areas of the park, the access road and the parking lot will be out of service for the duration of the work.

A temporary traffic order will be put in place on the entire section of the access road and on one side of the car park prohibiting parking, waiting, loading or unloading.

Any vehicle found in violation of the order will be subject to a penalty notice.

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