Scott Skinner Square artwork in the frame


Banchory residents will have the chance to have their say this month on proposed artwork for the main entrance to Scott Skinner Square.

Duo Al MacInnes and Fin Macrae, who make up DUFI Art, were commissioned by Aberdeenshire Council in 2013 to create a range of design concepts to improve the square.

Since going on display in January 2014, the designs for the main entrance have changed as the concepts have evolved.

The amended proposals will be on display at Banchory Library for a week from Monday, March 30, and DUFI ART will be on hand on the first day to answer questions.

Pupils at local schools will also be asked their views on the proposals.

The design is inspired by the musical score of Scott Skinner’s famous song ‘Bonnie Banchory’ and aims to create a conceptual sound-wave that flows from the High Street into the square.

Additional work to improve the square, the designs of which have not changed since their unveiling, will begin in late spring 2015.

A new open seating plan incorporating benches and around 15 seats will be installed, allowing groups and individuals to use the space simultaneously. Three stainless steel lighting columns with elevated sculptures based on the same sound-wave concept as the proposed gateway artwork will be also erected.

Murals have already been created on a number of routes within the town to improve the journey to the square.

Chair of the Marr Area Committee, Councillor Moira Ingleby, said: “The vision for the project is to develop Scott Skinner Square as an attractive, adaptable and vibrant civic space that will act as a focal point for the centre of Banchory.’’