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Sculptor joins regeneration drive

Scottish poet Jim Carruth and artist Andy Scott are to work together on a sculpture as part of a town redevelopment project.

While Scott has begun work on designing the 10m high steel sculpture, Carruth has been given the task of penning a work for it.

When it is complete, the sculpture will overlook the A80 near the Auchenkilns junction in Cumbernauld.

The cost of the project is around £250,000, and it has the backing of the Campsies Centre Cumbernauld, a company established by North Lanarkshire Council to help with the redevelopment of the town.

The sculpture, due to be completed by summer 2010, includes a female form and two swooping arcs.

Carruth said: “We are drawing inspiration from each other as well as the local community.”

Councillor Gerry McElroy, chair of CCCL, said: “This is another big milestone in the Cumbernauld Positive Image Project as we work to create a structure local people can be proud of.

The Cumbernauld Positive Image Project aims include creating a distinctive image of Cumbernauld, increasing residents’ pride in their town and raising awareness across Scotland about Cumbernauld as a destination to live, work and play.

Scott created the Heavy Horse sculpture on the M8 motorway near Glasgow and The Thanksgiving Square Beacon in Belfast.