Public artwork designs chosen for Broad Street

Designs for gateway sculptures marking the new Broad Street public realm space have been drawn up by the city’s creative talent.

Students from North East Scotland College (NESCol) were invited to bring forward ideas for the City Centre Masterplan project. The arts element is part of the approved Broad Street works and is being funded from the Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links programme.

The judges included representatives of Aberdeen City Council, NESCol, Sustrans, and the community.

The winners, all first year HND students studying Art and Design at the Aberdeen campus, were:

  • Margaret Brown – design inspired by the stained glass window of the Mitchell Hall in Marischal College; inscribed with lyrics from The Northern Lights​
  • Calum Lawson – design based on the stag crest of the famous Gordon Highlanders Regiment, which in the past had its garrison/HQ at Castlehill Barracks
  • Sarah Calder – design draws on the story of a fire which broke out in Broad Street in 1741 and encouraged town leaders to favour stone rather than wood for building
  • Catriona Tinsley – design inspired by the Puffin’ Briggie, part of the railway line constructed from 1865-67; bridge removed in 1982 when the Trinity Centre was built

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Margaret Brown, from Aberdeen, said: “I think people often don’t realise how much Aberdeen has to offer. The new development will appeal to many people and I can’t wait to see all of our creations on display.”

Another winner, Sarah Calder, from Oldmeldrum, said: “I was really shocked when I realised that the judges had chosen my work as one of the four winners because the standard was so high across the board.”

The conceptual drawings will be refined in the months ahead and the College’s engineering students will manufacture the pieces which will be approximately 1.5 metres high – at the Fraserburgh campus.

The £3.2 million Broad Street project, will be open to pedestrians, cycles and buses only.

Main photograph shows (left to right): Calum Lawson; Catriona Tinsley; Sarah Calder; Margaret Brown